Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Statement by Jim Wallace AM, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby
Advocates of same sex marriage in the ALP made much of the fact that the party shouldn’t be on the wrong side of history, but today in defiance of their leader Julia Gillard, they have chosen to be on the wrong side of truth.
It is the wrong side of truth where gay activism has made a lie of children’s birth certificates by directing that fathers’ names be removed in favour of two lesbians’ names.[i]
The wrong side of truth where gay activism has made a lie of biology so even a single man can “get” a child, as if there are no natural rights of the child to a mother.
The wrong side of truth that allows gay activism, in the form of Elton John, to announce that he and his partner will never allow “their” baby to know its mother.
The wrong side of truth where gay activism causes the life style to be presented as normal and healthy in our schools, when by their own data it shortens a male’s life by double the years that smoking does, which we strongly discourage.[ii]
The wrong side of truth that allows gay activism to proffer protections for the church against conducting ceremonies, while it concurrently conducts litigious attacks on the freedom of faith and conscience of the church and individual Christians wherever same-sex marriage has been granted around the world.
It’s the wrong side of truth where gay activism causes a major party to break another unequivocal election promise given by its leader before the last election that: “The Marriage Act will remain unchanged, so marriage will be defined as it is in our Marriage Act as between a man and a woman.”[iii]
There is now a clear differentiation between the Coalition and the ALP on this issue.
The Coalition’s policy is that marriage is between a man and a woman.
The Labor party’s policy is that it is between any two people.
There are many good people in the Labor party who showed great courage to oppose this change and who we will continue to support as individuals. But Labor’s granting of a conscience vote on this issue does not change the statement this policy change makes on its values as a Party, and the degree to which we can trust its election promises.
The values of the Party on this are now clear, but the only way for it to recover its integrity on this issue is to vote with the Coalition as a party to defeat any private members bill in this parliament, and then seek a mandate for this platform change at the next federal election.
If it does not do this, it is doubly on the wrong side of not just history, but truth.