Tuesday, 30th April 2013

If the majority of Australians support redefining marriage, as proponents say, then surely a referendum would decide the issue, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

This is what questions many Australians are seeking following Independent’ MP Tony Windsor’s call yesterday for a peoples’ vote.

Australian Christian Lobby spokesman Lyle Shelton has backed a referendum saying a circuit breaker was needed so the nation could move on.

“Despite the Australian Parliament’s resounding rejection of redefining marriage last September by a margin of almost two-one, proponents are continuing to keep the debate alive,” he said.

“While this is their right in a democracy, it is clear that the time has come to let the people decide.

“If proponents of redefining marriage don’t accept the Parliament’s decision, perhaps they will accept the peoples’,” Mr Shelton said.

Mr Shelton said any referendum or plebiscite campaign must allow a fair and balanced debate with arguments for the unique benefits of marriage to children brought into the discourse.

“It must also be free of language such as ‘bigot’ and ‘homophobe’ so people can make their contribution on a level playing field,” he said.