Below is a copy of a statement of faith by seven faith leaders here in Canberra that was released today ahead of the ACT Marriage Equality Bill that is expected to be debated tomorrow. Whilst not organised by the ACL, the ACL welcomes the statement by the group.

Statement by Abrahamic Faith Leaders of Canberra

21 October 2013

Seventy percent of Australians identify with an Abrahamic religion – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. As leaders of several of these faith traditions, we have gathered to share our concerns about the ACT Government’s proposed same sex marriage legislation. We are concerned for the long-term risks of such a Bill for our society.

While affirming the inherent dignity of all human beings, our faith traditions also affirm the traditional concept of marriage between a man and a woman as being for the good of the individual, the family and society.

We invite the wider community to join with us in calling for the Bill to be subject to community consultation through the normal Legislative Assembly Committee process.

Imam Adama Konda, Canberra Islamic Centre

Arnold Cummins, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Pastor Sean Stanton, Australian Christian Churches, Canberra

Bishop Trevor Edwards, Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Pastor BJ Hayes, Canberra National Adventist Church

Monsignor John Woods, Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Rabbi Shmuel Feldman, Rabbi for Canberra and Region.