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The high price of holding the line on marriage
· April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
‘No consequences’ for anyone else is the refrain of those pushing for a new definition of marriage.
Of course this noble idea unravelled long ago in Europe and the United States and we demonstrated this in our submissions to the various Parliamentary inquiries.
But it is now unravelling in Australia, even though we remain in step with the overwhelming majority of nations which have said no to redefining marriage.
A well respected volunteer religious instructor in Melbourne, Karen Dobby, whose school praised her as someone of “the utmost integrity”, has been chased from her role by people who noticed she supported man-woman marriage on a private website. See
At the weekend, Joe Bullock, a former union official who supports man-woman marriage and human rights for the unborn, was elected to the Senate for Labor in the Western Australian by-election.
In the week leading up to the vote, Bullock was demonised in large part because of his “ultra conservative” views.
It should be natural for people who support marriage to be members of Parliament and members of the major parties.
But Bullock’s treatment would cause some to consider whether holding such a view is politically viable.
The latest case out of America is further cause for concern.
The Chief Executive Officer of web browser Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was forced from his job last week because in 2008 he donated $1000 to the successful referendum campaign in California to uphold marriage.
In an undemocratic move that belongs in “the only in America” file, the courts overturned the peoples’ vote in favour of marriage.
The same-sex political agenda has driven litigation in the US for years and groups like Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Becket Fund have been established to take on the myriad of cases of people being persecuted by this and other ideological agendas.
The ADF recently released a video about a Washington State florist who is being sued by the Attorney General and a same-sex couple because she declined to provide flowers to the same-sex couple’s wedding.
It is worth taking seven minutes to watch
Barronelle Stutzman’s story
Since the High Court’s ruling last December overriding the ACT’s same-sex marriage laws, the issue remains blocked by the federal parliament where those seeking to redefine marriage do not have the numbers to change the law. The same-sex lobby is working hard through a relentless process of attrition to change this.
We’ve not even touched on the consequences for children of changing marriage, but I hope you can see that this is an agenda that, if allowed to pass, will change everything we know about freedom.
There is no discrimination in Australian law against same-sex couples and ACL has no quarrel with this.
But changing the definition of marriage sets us up for litigation, unnecessary division and intolerance.
No one should be losing their job because they believe marriage is between a man and a woman.
What you need to know about marriage
· May 06, 2013 10:00 AM
The US Supreme Court is currently reviewing challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as the union between a man and woman. Specifically it’s looking at The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and Proposition 8 an amendment to the California constitution passed in 2008 by voters in that state.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. It has released a brochure aimed at educating Americans on the important questions and answers driving the marriage debate.
With the recent passing of legislation in both France and New Zealand allowing same-sex couples to marry, same-sex marriage activists in Australia are attempting to pressure our government to follow suit. This is despite the Australian Parliament’s resounding rejection of redefining marriage last September by a margin of almost two-one.
Now more than ever, the onus lies with the Christian constituency to uphold the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and to advocate for the rights of children to have both a mother and a father.
With this in mind, we encourage you to download and read the ADF brochure. It is a very relevant and useful resource defending marriage.
It explores questions such as:
What is marriage?
Why does marriage matter to the government?
What are the consequences of redefining marriage?
Hasn’t divorce already harmed the institution you’re trying to preserve?
What does the research say?
Why shouldn’t everyone be able to marry the one they love?
Why would allowing same-sex couples to marry be bad for marriage?
and many more.
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