Media Release

For release: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Jim Wallace said today’s 41-26 vote in the Senate against same-sex marriage means the Parliament has now expressed a decisive view on the matter.

“The Greens should respect the wishes of the Parliament and drop their remaining two bills.

“Everyone has had enough of this debate,” Mr Wallace said.

“It has been one of the most vitriolic campaigns I have ever seen and it has demonised so many good people out of the public square, such as Victoria’s chief psychiatrist Kuravilla George, who lost his job as a member of Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Commission because he supported marriage.”

Mr Wallace repeated calls for Attorney General Nicola Roxon to defend the Commonwealth Marriage Act against Greens moves in State Parliament to introduce competing same-sex marriage bills.

“It is not in the interests of the nation to have a hodge-podge of marriage laws.

“The Greens and gay activists should respect the Commonwealth’s marriage power instead of continually abusing the processes of state and territory legislatures to achieve a rolling campaign for homosexual marriage.

“They have had a fair go, it is time to move on,” Mr Wallace said.