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Lyle Shelton on The Political Spot
· August 21, 2012 10:00 AM
The ACT Parliament plans to introduce an amendment to the
adding religion as a protected attribute under the Act. ACL's Daniel Simon spoke with Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton about the proposed religious vilification laws.
Parliament should resist Greens’ stalling tactics on same-sex marriage debate
· August 20, 2012 10:00 AM
For Release: Monday August 20, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news that the same-sex marriage debate is finally coming to an end in the Federal Parliament.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that once Parliamentarians in the House of Representatives had finished their speeches this week the matter should be brought to a vote.
“There is a relatively light legislative program this week so there is no reason it could not be resolved this week or early next week,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
“I am concerned that the Greens are trying to drag the issue out in the hope of legislating by fatigue.
“Three Parliamentary inquiries have found no substantive discrimination against same-sex people under Australian law. It is time the Parliament voted and we moved on.”
Vic director debates same-sex marriage at Monash University
· August 16, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Dan Flynn's speech begins at the 58 minute part in the above video.
[caption id="attachment_20626" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Negative Team - Photo Courtesy of Monash University"]
On Wednesday the 1st of August, the ACL’s Victorian State Director Dan Flynn participated in the Annual Monash University Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Public Debate to more than 150 people. The topic was on same-sex marriage.
Mr Flynn was on the negative team to answer the question “Should same-sex marriage be legalised?” He was joined by debater Gemma Buckley and Prof. Nicholas Tonti-Filippini of the
John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.
The affirmative team consisting of Sue Pennicuik MLC, A/Professor Paula Gerber and Ms Madeline Schultz argued among other things that since 9 out of 192 countries having legalised same-sex marriage (SSM) Australia was “falling behind”. They further argued that SSM was a human right that should be afforded to gay couples.
Gemma Buckley, first negative, took the position that marriage would confer no benefits to gay couples and that there was no discrimination remaining against them.
Prof. Tonti-Filippini contended that marriage was a biological institution involving mutual and unilateral obligations of motherhood and fatherhood that have a biological origin.
He said that this process of redefinition of parenthood would be a cause of great injustice to children denying them the right to know, to have access to and be nurtured by their biological parents, especially fathers but also mothers.
“We are in danger of creating another stolen generation,” he told the audience.
[caption id="attachment_20627" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="ACL Vic Director Dan Flynn - Photo Courtesy of Monash University"]
Mr Flynn stated that the power of marriage comes from a tradition that emphasizes permanence through monogamy and commitment for life.
He contended that legalising SSM is likely to reduce the commitment to permanence in the institution because the male gay culture is not a monogamous culture and gay activists have contributed to a view of marriage that is not so much about “till death us do part” but for as long as both parties find satisfaction in it.
Mr Flynn went on to develop the “grand bargain”
(as coined by Prof. Robert George of Princeton University)
being offered by revisionists, namely:
“We will accept your redefinition of marriage. You will respect our right to act on our conscience without penalty...”
Mr Flynn said that this bargain will never be honoured by revisionists except in the short term for tactical reasons to achieve marriage redefinition.
After detailing curtailments on civil liberties and freedom of conscience that will flow from redefinition of marriage, Mr Flynn pointed out that support for SSM has fallen from 62% to 50% from February to May this year and that 73% of people believe children are best with their biological parents.
Mr Flynn said that discrimination was removed against same-sex couples when the government changed laws in 2008.
The debate was followed by extensive question and answer session.
When a member of the audience challenged the importance of biological parentage to a child, Mr Flynn said that Elton John thought it mattered when he said that his son Zachery “will be heartbroken when he finds out he hasn’t got a mother”.
ACL submission to Victorian Equal Opportunity inquiry
· July 09, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Victorian Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee Inquiry into the Exceptions and Exemptions to the
Equal Opportunity Act 1995
for an earlier submission on this issue.
ACL submission to Senate inquiry into the Sex Discrimination Act
· September 05, 2008 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the effectiveness of the Commonwealth
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality.
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