For release: 1 April 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby has questioned the wisdom of a campaign by some Australian corporations supporting a change to the definition of marriage.

“I just wonder if they have thought about how legislating a family structure which causes children to miss out on one of their parents is fair,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.

“This debate needs to move beyond politically correct ideology to a mature and open debate about the consequences of changing the definition of marriage,” Mr Shelton said.

Noting that Football Federal of Australia chief executive David Gallop had also put his organisation’s weight behind the campaign, Mr Shelton wondered where this left the tens of thousands of Australians who play soccer and pay match fees but also believe a child should wherever possible have their mother and father.

Polling conducted in 2011 found 73 per cent of respondents agree with the statement that “where possible, as a society we should try to ensure that children are raised by their natural mother and father, and promote this.”

“The FFA and the corporates involved in this latest campaign really are not showing very much tolerance to those in the community who have a different view about marriage and the rights of children,” Mr Shelton said.

“It is becoming politically incorrect to believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman.”