Friday, 28th June 2013

Kevin Rudd’s new position on marriage is out of step with every major Christian denomination in Australia, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said it was incomprehensible that the man who publicly defended marriage outside church on Sunday mornings, is now promoting something that is contrary to every major Christian denomination's teaching on marriage and family.

“Australians are looking for leaders who have principles and stick by them,” Mr Shelton said.

“After years of defending marriage, it is disappointing that Mr Rudd is now championing its redefinition particularly when less than a month ago he said he wouldn't be campaigning for it.”

Apart from his unorthodox theology, Mr Rudd had not thought through the consequences of legislating a new definition of marriage.

“No one doubts that two men can love a baby but is it right for them to remove that baby from her biological mother to satisfy their desire for a child?”

“There are big ethical questions about setting in cultural cement the idea that it is okay for children to be denied one or more of their biological parents and this has not been properly considered in the debate about redefining marriage,” Mr Shelton said.

Mr Shelton said Mr Rudd’s suggestion of a plebiscite or a referendum should occur regardless of the Coalition’s position on a conscience vote.

“Redefining marriage has so many far-reaching consequences for the human rights of children, freedom of speech and freedom of religion that it needs a peoples’ vote to settle the matter.

“However a plebiscite should only be held in an environment where there can be free discussion without fear of slurs and labels such as bigot or homophobia being bandied around to silence debate,” Mr Shelton said.

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