Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, has outlined in his most recent column for the Sunday Telegraph the status of the marriage debate in Australia. He says:

"Overwhelmingly Australians use language that reflects the ancient conviction of the major religions and civilizations that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Marriage needs a husband and wife . . .

"Which comes first, the family or the State?  Would a government have the right to abolish the marriage of a man and a woman as the natural building block in society or is the State merely recognizing the natural order of reality reflected in marriage, whether it is God-given or simply the best system for parents and children developed in the evolutionary process?"

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