Media Release

For release: June 23, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby is concerned Western Australia’s Labor party plans to further undermine the Prime Minister’s election promise by supporting a motion for same-sex marriage at this weekend’s state conference.

“The Prime Minister promised days before the last election that the ‘Marriage Act would remain unchanged’ and we are concerned elements of the party seem unaware of this promise,” ACL’s Western Australia Director Michelle Pearse said today.

“We’re concerned that Labor is alienating the Christian constituency in pursuit of Greens’ social policy.

“ACL urges delegates to the Federal Conference in December not to break Australia’s bi-partisan support for marriage being between one man and one woman,” she said.

Ms Pearse said the changing of 84 laws in 2008 giving same-sex couples the same rights as de-facto heterosexual couples meant that issues of equality had been comprehensively dealt with under Australian Commonwealth law.

“This debate would be understandable if there were issues of substantial inequality but there are none,” she said.

“Proponents for same-sex marriage argue that the majority of Australians’ support it. But this is inaccurate; the latest poll done by Essential Media in March showed 49 per cent of people supported same-sex marriage, down from 53 per cent in November last year.”

In a video interview two weeks before the 2010 election with ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace, Ms Gillard said:

“The Marriage Act will stay unchanged, so marriage will be defined as it is in our current Marriage Act as between a man and a woman, and we have also said that the Labor Party policy is we do not want to see the development of ceremonies that mimic marriage ceremonies. And so that’s the party policy, and as Prime Minister, as the leader of the parliamentary Labor Party that’s obviously my policy, and that’s what you should expect to see from the Gillard Labor Government if we’re re-elected.”

Ms Pearse called on the Party to support the Prime Minister’s stance at the National Conference in December.