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ACL's Dan Flynn on the Political Spot about SA Parliament rejecting same-sex marriage bill
· July 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby who was in the SA Parliament during debate of the state based same-sex marriage bill. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about what happened during the debate and what members told parliament.
ACL welcomes calls for marriage referendum
· June 19, 2013 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 19th June 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has
for a referendum on marriage being defined as between a man and a woman in the constitution.
Acting Managing Director Nick Overton said a circuit breaker was needed to deal with the issue and believed Senator John Madigan’s decision to introduce the bill would help resolve the issue.
“Despite the Australian Parliament’s resounding rejection of redefining marriage last September, proponents continue to use parliamentary time to debate the issue,” he said.
“While this is their right in a democracy, it seems clear that the best way forward is to let the people decide and end the fatigue the electorate feels about this issue,” he said.
Mr Overton said any referendum campaign will allow a fair and balanced debate, with arguments for the unique benefits of marriage to children and society to be brought into the discourse.
French marriage rally speech by President of La Manif Pour Tous
· May 30, 2013 10:00 AM
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Last Sunday the president of La Manif Pour Tous (meaning the protest of the demonstration for all) addressed those who attended the peaceful mass rally against the government's decision to legalise same-sex marriage. La Manif Pour Tous said over a million people marched in the event. The ACL's Katherine Spackman interviewed Sydney representative of La Manif Pour Tous on the Political Spot (see interview
A copy of the speech by Ludovine de la Rochère has been published on
We Will Surrender Nothing
There you are, such an enormous crowd—thank you!
Thank you to all the volunteers of La Manif pour Tous, in Paris, in the provinces too; and of course our spokespeople, among them the first of all, Frigide Barjot. You made possible our Manif pour Tous.
Thank you to intellectuals, jurists, union members, researchers, doctors, elected officials, all of whom have taken up our case. They had the courage to engage in free and independent thought.
Thanks most of all to you! The French of the metropolis, those overseas and abroad. You have the energy that was necessary to raise us up yesterday and today. And tomorrow you will lift us up also!
Keep reading the article
Maxime Lagorce on the Political Spot about French marriage rally on Sunday
· May 28, 2013 10:00 AM
Maxime Lagorce is a French marriage activist from La Manif Pour Tous Sydney. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about what La Manif Pour Tous stands for and the recent marriage protests that have been happening in France in the lead up and after the government decided to redefine marriage. See also MercatorNet's story about Maxime Lagorce titled
French marriage activists vow to fight on
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· April 25, 2013 10:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media issues such as marriage, abortion legislation in Tasmania, and the abortion drug RU486. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On abortion legislation in Tasmania:
The Mercury -
Abortion rate '1200 a year'
- Gillard, Abbott unmoved on gay marriage
Gold Coast Bulletin News -
NZ gay marriage law sparks debate in Qld
96Five radio interview with ACL's Wendy Francis
The Australian -
Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee set to recommend abortion drug RU486
The Australian -
Abortion pill costs may fall: reports
ABC News -
Decision on abortion drug listing due today
NZ Family First's Bob McCoskrie on the Political Spot about redefining marriage
· April 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Bob McCoskrie is the National Director of New Zealand's
group (not to be confused with the Australian political party of the same name). In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman, Bob talks about the government passing laws to redefine marriage to include same-sex marriage. He says there are impacts for religious freedom in the country.
Tony Abbott wants to hear from you - say 'no' to gay marriage
· February 06, 2013 11:00 AM
In a series of TV advertisements, Tony Abbott last week announced
"your opinion counts",
pledging to tackle concerns raised with him.
With this in mind, we encourage you to contact the Leader of the Opposition and share with him your opinion on preserving the current definition of marriage in Australia.
We know that proponents of redefining marriage are putting pressure on Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote for his party. Please write and ask him to maintain party discipline on the definition of marriage being between a man and a woman, which reflects their party policy, and to not allow a conscience vote.
In 2012, the House of Representatives and the Senate rejected two bills that sought to change the Marriage Act to include same-sex couples. There is no doubt the response from so many of you in signing petitions, emailing your MPs and Senators and visiting them had a tremendous impact in this result.
To ensure the preservation of this outcome, contact Mr Abbott by:
Phone: (02) 6277 4022
Please visit the
Australian Marriage Forum website
for tips on what to say. Also, check out the marriage video above or watch ACL's
US Supreme Court to hear cases on gay marriage
· December 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Last week the US Supreme Court announced it would hear two cases next year relating to same-sex marriage.
The main case concerns the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a voter initiative in California that banned gay marriage. In June 2008, same-sex couples were granted a license to marry after a Californian Supreme Court ruled that they have a constitutional right to marry. This decision was overturned after more than one million signatures were received in a petition to see the fulfilment of Proposition 8.
The second case relates to entitlements - whether a couple is recognised when it comes to tax laws, health insurance and other federal benefits for spouses. The situation is different to here in Australia where laws were changed in 2008 to remove discrimination from same-sex couples when it came to tax, health, superannuation and other benefits.
The New York Times has advocated for same-sex marriage but a recent
published by the newspaper raises doubts about whether the time is right for such a case. The cases will be argued in March with a decision expected in June.
ACL's Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton was recently interviewed on the ACL's Political Spot radio program on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the cases on gay marriage. Listen to his thoughts
Church of England warns UK not to legalise gay marriage
· December 12, 2012 11:00 AM
The Church of England has warned the UK to renege on its plans to legalise same-sex marriage, saying it is 'not beneficial for society.'
Christian Today Australia published an article on the issue earlier this week.
to read the article.
Lyle Shelton on the Political Spot
· December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the US Supreme Court's decision to hear cases on gay marriage.
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