For release: Monday, June 25th, 2012

Today's Senate report recommending changing the definition of marriage failed to provide evidence of substantive discrimination against same-sex couples, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

“We’ve now had two Parliamentary inquiries in the space of one week and neither of them could identify any discrimination under Australian law against same-sex couples,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.

“It seems that yet again the Parliamentary process has been hi-jacked by those pushing an ideological agenda to change the definition of marriage.

“No case has been made.”

Mr Wallace said Christian churches would take no comfort from the committee’s recommendation to insert an “avoidance of doubt” provision to allay concerns that churches would be compelled to perform same-sex weddings.

“Activists would need to demonstrate a radical change of heart if churches are to believe that they would never be pursued through litigation in the future to provide ‘equality’ to same-sex couples wishing to wed.

“This is a nonsense designed to help the activists achieve their first objective, which is to redefine marriage,” Mr Wallace said.

“Already the church in Denmark is being compelled to provide same-sex weddings and this is being advocated in Scotland under proposed same-sex marriage legislation.”

Mr Wallace said it was significant that of 10 Senators who participated in the inquiry as non-voting members, eight opposed the committee’s recommendation. Six of these were ALP Senators.

Mr Wallace said that while much was being made of the high number of submissions supporting same-sex marriage, substantive submissions containing a considered opinion opposing same-sex marriage outnumbered those in favour by 11-1.

He said it was particularly disappointing that the committee failed to take into consideration evidence about the harms to donor conceived children severed from their biological heritage, something that same-sex marriage cements.