Media Release: Tuesday, 24 October, 2006

Jim Wallace, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has offered his support to Senator Guy Barnett’s comments about gay discrimination legislation.

“Senator Barnett rightly notes the distinction between legal and financial rights for same sex couples and the protection of the unique status of marriage in Australia,” said Mr Wallace.

“ACL recognizes the need for some law reform to remove discrimination against homosexual couples in relation to their financial rights. Much of what is proposed at federal level sounds appropriate and fair to those involved,” continued Mr Wallace. “But it is totally inappropriate for the ACT Government to attempt to elevate the status of

same sex relationships through civil unions, which provide symbolic recognition and status on a par with marriage.”

Contact: Jim Wallace