For release: June 8, 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby has urged caution in accepting the homosexual lobby’s claim that same-sex marriage is inevitable.
The latest poll commissioned by same-sex marriage advocates gives the desired result without a debate about the consequences of redefining marriage in our culture, Australian Christian Lobby Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said.
“Asking people whether they think it’s inevitable the law will change is a loaded question and is not the same as whether they understand the implications of legalising same-sex marriage,” he said.
“While Australia is obviously different from America, the debate about same-sex marriage has been going on there longer.
“Despite this, in every state where same-sex marriage has been put to the people in a referendum, it has been defeated even in very liberal states such as California and Maine.
“Once people focus on what redefining marriage might mean for normalising the idea of the state decreeing that some children should not have a mother or father, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, people will take a second look at the claims of the homosexual lobby.
“We are also yet to have a debate in this country free of abusive slurs such as ‘homophobe’ and ‘bigot’ and until that can occur, not one should jump to conclusions about the inevitability of redefining marriage.
“The sort of language from people like Labor Senator Doug Cameron who describe those who don’t support redefining marriage as having the moral equivalence of those who support apartheid is stifling legitimate debate.
“We know that some advocates of redefining marriage think ‘equal love’ should also apply to other forms of love, not just that of same-sex attracted people,” he said.
Mr Shelton said Australians were also largely unaware that practical equality for same-sex couples had been granted through law reforms passed in 2008 supported by the ACL.
“The homosexual activists’ agenda to redefine marriage for the other 97 per cent of the population is the pursuit of a political trophy only and it is insensitive to the needs of children and the cultural and even religious views of the vast majority of Australians.”
The ACL has urged the Australian Labor Party to honour its election promise to support marriage between a man and a woman and not bow to the Greens agenda by watering down its policy at its national conference in December.