Media Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby today released a video outlining one of the almost inevitable implications of redefining marriage.

Entitled “Marriage equality, no consequences? Wait a minute”, it uses comments from former High Court Judge and gay activist Michael Kirby made at the recent Senate Inquiry.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said the video has been distributed widely and highlights the logical next step if same-sex marriage is legalised.

“During the recent Senate hearings into the Greens bill to change marriage, several witnesses were asked why ‘marriage equality’ should not be granted to polyamorous or polygamous relationships and none could give a logical answer,” Mr Wallace said.

Mr Wallace said Mr Kirby’s response was instructive when he said “The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the question of equality for homosexual people. There may be, in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament, I suggest, is that you take matters step by step.”

His comments were seized on by leaders in the polyamorous community and there have since been demands for marriage from polygamous people.

“Certainly from the Greens policy on marriage it is clear that their aim is to have marriage for all, regardless of sexuality and presumably numbers,” said Mr Wallace. “Despite frequent calls to do so, they have not denied this as their intent for marriage.”

The Australian reported this morning that the Greens ‘have not excluded extending legalisation to menages-a-trois and other sexual configurations in the future’.

ACL has produced this short video designed to provoke deeper thought about the consequences of redefining marriage.