15 September 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby has urged Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull to retain the Coalition's decision to hold a people's vote on marriage after the next federal election.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said despite disagreeing with Mr Turnbull on the need to redefine marriage, he hoped Mr Turnbull would allow time for the pro-marriage argument to be put.

"Those seeking to change the definition of marriage have had overwhelming support from the media, including through the banning of ads, and time is needed so all Australians can be allowed to hear the other side of the debate.

"I hope as Prime Minister Mr Turnbull will engage with the serious ethical issues associated with the government institutionalising motherlessness and fatherlessness through legislation.

"We've not even begun to discuss the ethical dimensions surrounding commercial surrogacy and anonymous donor conception, both of which are needed to deliver 'marriage equality'," Mr Shelton said.

"I hope Mr Turnbull will also consider how people whose views on marriage are deemed by the state to be bigoted will be allowed to exercise freedom of speech, conscience and religion.

"Mr Turnbull will need to explain how his vision for redefining marriage will allow Christian and Islamic schools to continue to teach the truth about marriage without falling foul of anti-discrimination laws.

"Given that we now have a Prime Minister who supports changing the definition of marriage and therefore family, it is more important than ever for people who support Judeo-Christian values to engage with politics.

"This is not a time to be passive or silent about the things that matter for a flourishing society," Mr Shelton said.

While ACL respected the Liberal Party's decision to change Australia's Prime Minister, it did not agree with the way both sides of politics have conducted leadership coups during the last five years.

"I hope this is the end of the coup culture in Australian politics. Our parliamentarians need to move beyond being driven by opinion polls."