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Members of the public have been invited to make written submissions to a Senate inquiry that is considering a Greens’ proposal to recognise foreign same-sex marriages in Australia.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton says it is important for people to ensure their voices are heard on this vital issue. “Senate inquiries take notice of what the public say,” he said. “They are very democratic.” As a result, ACL is encouraging you to make a written submission to the inquiry.

You can do so, and show your support for preserving marriage, by signing the submission at preservingmarriage.acl.org.au. Submissions close July 31.

This is not the first time the Senate has looked at a bill like this. An almost identical bill was rejected in the lead up to the 2013 election by 44 votes to 28. At that time Liberal Senator Sue Boyce (now retired) crossed the floor to vote for the bill. Senator Boyce called the bill a “backdoor way to try to increase support for same-sex marriage in Australia”.

Senator Boyce has shown us clearly what is at stake in this debate. This bill is a sneaky, backdoor attempt to try and import same-sex marriage to Australia and is intended to put increasing pressure on Australian politicians to redefine marriage. Some overseas jurisdictions recognise polygamous and even child marriages. Should Australia provide ‘marriage equality’ for these too?

Your voice is so important in this debate. Over the past decade there have been nearly a dozen attempts to introduce same-sex marriage around Australia. ACL has campaigned to preserve the definition of marriage because we believe it is good for society as it is the core institution of the family and justice for children.

If it wasn’t for hundreds of thousands of people like you who have spoken up and made a stand for marriage, we would have lost this debate a long time ago. If it weren’t for people like you, we would instead be debating things like whether churches still had the right to refuse to solemnise same-sex weddings.

It is more important than ever that we continue to show our parliamentarians that Australians value marriage, so please respond today. Submissions to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014 close July 31, 2014.