For release: 25 June 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news that the National Assembly of Austria recently soundly rejected a motion to force a vote on same-sex marriage.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the 110 to 26 defeat of the motion showed changing the definition of marriage is not inevitable.

“Austria is among the overwhelming majority of nations who recognise the value of allowing children knowledge of and access to their biological mother or father,” Mr Shelton said,

“Same-sex marriage removes that right through the redefinition of family and the necessary practice of surrogacy.

“Children sometimes miss out on a mother or father through tragedy or desertion but the National Assembly of Austria has refused to force this tragedy through bad public policy.”

Children’s rights were the focus of a protest in Italy on Saturday. Rome’s San Giovanni Square was overflowing with more than 300,000 protesting same-sex marriage and ‘gender theory’ being taught in schools.

“The Austrian and Italian events demonstrate the deep concern within the community of the grave injustice in redefining marriage because it redefines family,” Mr Shelton said.

“The Coalition’s party position supporting marriage between a man and a woman reflects these concerns and should continue to do so into the future.”