For release: 21 March 2015

The Liberal Party should vote as one on marriage to protect the rights of children to wherever possible have their mother and father.

“Marriage is a social justice issue for children and their rights should always be put ahead of adults,” Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said today.

“Same-sex marriage ideology says it is okay for a child to miss out on their mother or father. A compassionate society will do everything it can to ensure that, wherever possible, children are given the chance to be raised by their mother and father.

“Just because this ideal is not always achieved does not mean we should legislate family structure which guarantees it cannot be achieved.

“There is rightly no discrimination in Australian law against same-sex couples and there is no need for the definition of marriage to be changed.”

ACL today launched a grassroots campaign urging Liberal Party members and Senators to vote as one on marriage.

“It is entirely appropriate for a political party to have a voting position on a social structure as basic to civil society as marriage,” Mr Shelton said.

“If the Liberal Party allows a conscience vote on changing the definition of marriage then why not on asylum seekers, climate change or the budget?”

The grassroots campaign comes as libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm seeks to bring yet another bill to redefine marriage before the Parliament on Thursday.

Mr Shelton urged Liberal members to hold the line on voting as one if the issue came up at Tuesday’s party room meeting.