Wednesday, 19th June 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news for a referendum on marriage being defined as between a man and a woman in the constitution.

Acting Managing Director Nick Overton said a circuit breaker was needed to deal with the issue and believed Senator John Madigan’s decision to introduce the bill would help resolve the issue.

“Despite the Australian Parliament’s resounding rejection of redefining marriage last September, proponents continue to use parliamentary time to debate the issue,” he said.

“While this is their right in a democracy, it seems clear that the best way forward is to let the people decide and end the fatigue the electorate feels about this issue,” he said.

Mr Overton said any referendum campaign will allow a fair and balanced debate, with arguments for the unique benefits of marriage to children and society to be brought into the discourse.