For release: Monday 21st October 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby renewed its call today for the ACT’s Marriage Equality Bill to be referred to a standing committee of the Assembly for greater scrutiny.

“Revelations this morning that even advocates of changing the definition of marriage have also identified serious legal problems with the bill mean it should not be rushed through tomorrow as planned,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.

ACL released legal advice from lawyers Neville Rochow SC and Chris Brohier on Friday also detailing major concerns with the working of the bill.

“This bill has major consequences for people of conscience who will always believe and wish to teach their children something that will become contrary to ACT law,” Mr Shelton said.

“The legal confusion this bill creates for same-sex couples and people of conscience alike means this bill should not be rushed and it should be referred to a standing committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly,” Mr Shelton said.