MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday 8th February 2011

More than 1500 people have signed the Australian Christian Lobby’s (ACL) petition supporting marriage between a man and a woman since late Friday afternoon.

“We can’t believe how quickly this is taking off given that we only e-mailed the link to our supporters today,” said ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace.

The petition was established in response to Green’s MP Adam Brandt’s motion last year for parliamentarians to gather constituents’ views on same-sex marriage.

Mr Wallace said ACL’s position is not discriminating against same-sex couples.

“We do not condone homophobic or bigoted comments towards people who choose to live in same-sex relationships. However, we believe that marriage has been and should remain as the time-honoured institution between a man and woman,” he said.

“In 2008 ACL supported the then Rudd Government’s move to provide equality in Commonwealth Law for same sex couples.

“We are concerned the debate for same-sex marriage has been dominated by extreme gay activists who seek to label Christian views as backward and irrelevant – or even homophobic and bigoted.

“However, ACL believes the definition of marriage should not be changed because of the unique benefits it offers children and society.

“People can support sign the petition at www.makeastand.org.au and also have the option to e-mail their local MP and Senator to let them know their views.”

Mr Wallace reiterated the need for society to allow a platform for an open and rational debate.

“The recent case of ANZ and IBM pulling advertising from the On line Opinion website because it hosted a single article critical of same-sex marriage shows the degree of intimidation this lobby uses – even silencing freedom of expression,” he said.

“We need an open and honest debate in the public domain where people and media outlets can express society’s views without fear of being abused or financially coerced.”