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MR: ACL urges vote for candidates who support man-woman marriage
· August 06, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday 6th August 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby will email 100,000 people the views of their local candidates on marriage in the lead-up to the election.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said he had emailed ALP and Coalition candidates and as many minor party candidates as possible seeking their views.
“We will be doing our best to let as many people as possible know where their local candidate stands.
“We will be urging people to vote for a candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who will support upholding the definition of marriage,” Mr Shelton said.
“Changing marriage does not have to be inevitable and the election is an opportunity for people to make their views known in the privacy of the polling booth.”
In the past 11 months, same-sex marriage bills had been defeated in the Federal, Tasmanian and South Australian parliaments.
Mr Shelton said the Australian Christian Lobby supported the Rudd Government’s removal in 2008 of invidious discrimination against same-sex couples and was pleased two parliamentary inquiries found there was no practical discrimination in Australian law against same-sex couples.
“There is no reason to change the definition of marriage," he said.
“Changing the definition of marriage means we are saying as a society that marriage between a man and a woman is no longer an ideal nor an essential building block for raising children to know the love and nurture of their biological parents.
“This is a radical change in our social norms and one that should not be undertaken lightly.
“Equal love might be fine for adults but changing the Marriage Act has ramifications far beyond same-sex couples.
"The perceived benefit in redefining marriage doesn't outweigh the impact it will have on society's understanding, value and role we place on man-woman marriage," he said.
Hansard of marriage debate in South Australia now available online
· July 31, 2013 10:00 AM
The Hansard of last week's debate on a same-sex marriage bill in the South Australian parliament is now available to read online.
The private members' bill for state-based same-sex marriage, introduced by Member for Port Adelaide Dr Susan Close, was defeated in the House of Assembly on Thursday “on the voices”, no division having been called. Thirteen members spoke against the bill, whilst only five members spoke supporting it.
Member for Finniss, Mr Michael Pengilly, commented on the nature of the marriage debate, saying "I do not believe that there is a fair and equitable debate going on regarding this matter. We seem to be inundated with those who wish for same-sex marriage to be put into legislation and there seems to be an overwhelming campaign by the media to try to orchestrate that. At the end of the day, the media do not get a vote in this chamber, nor do they get a vote in the federal chamber, or any other state for that matter".
Mr Pengilly went on to say "I personally would never support two people of the same sex having a union that is called a marriage. I have no problem with the union, but I would not support it being called a marriage. I have very strong views on this. Of the three issues before this parliament today—that is, euthanasia, prostitution and this—this is the one I am most opposed to, absolutely, because I think the family is the base of our community. It has been the base of our lives, and I think this is a real challenge to that".
Mr Martin Hamilton Smith, Member for Waite, urged Christians to be more vocal on the issue: "I would appeal to churches of any faith or denomination to be more vocal on this issue. Silence is the enemy. Get out there and express your view as the advocates for the case are expressing their view. There are many people who may not have a religious conviction who would oppose this measure anyway, based on their fundamental core values and their sense of what is right and what is wrong, and what is good for the community going forward".
The importance of the church's participation in the democratic process was highlighted also in Liberal Member for Schubert Ivan Venning's speech. He told the parliament "the Lutheran Church has been my rock, my wisdom and my strength, and I am not going to budge. I have had much good advice and many good arguments put to me by the Lutheran pastors in my electorate and I would not go past that. I thank them all very much for their support and confidence in me to stand here and say, no, we would not support this".
The importance for children to be raised by both a mother and a father was an argument also put forth by opponents of the bill. The Hon Tom Kenyan, Member for Newland, said "We recognise that having children, raising children within this traditional relationship of men and women, has been good for society. It has helped build society. So often, the only thing people have to fall back on is their family. It is what has provided a nourishing environment for so many people to be raised in, so that they go out and do good for those around them".
This is the third time in recent months where legislation to change the definition of marriage has been rejected; a bill in the Senate failed to pass in June, and the Tasmanian parliament rejected a bill in September last year.
to read the full Hansard of the South Australian debate.
AWW magazine shows same-sex and single Australians looking overseas to have children
· July 29, 2013 10:00 AM
An article in the latest edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine has highlighted the advancements in fertility science allowing single and same-sex couples to have children, and their willingness to venture overseas to do so.
The article –
One father, two eggs, two wombs
– tells the story of a gay man in Perth who travelled to India in search of donors and surrogates to carry two babies to full-term pregnancy. After paying for two eggs from an Indian donor, and paying another two Indian women to be their surrogates, he had two baby girls, “twiblings” as they were labelled in the article.
The egg donor was paid $500. Each of the surrogates was paid $6000, and was required to stay at the clinic throughout the process, even though both women were married and had other children of their own. Both women also received an extra $1000 for "enduring a caesarean".
When the staff at the clinic overseeing this process knew the father hoped his children would be born on the same day, they induced the second woman after the first went into labour.
This story is one of many which should cause society to question a practice which denies children the right to be raised by their mother and father . Aside from taking advantage of vulnerable women in a poor country like India, this practice also removes from these children the right to know their biological heritage.
In this case, the donor mother already has a child, which means the girls would be denied the knowledge of their half sibling and possibly others in the future. Despite giving them Indian middle names, the article states “the prospect of the twiblings meeting the three women who brought them into this world is unlikely”.
The best interests of children are being lost and ignored under such circumstances. Children have a fundamental right to be born from natural origins which is acknowledged by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that a child shall have, ‘as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents’.
Will we need to nationally apologise to this generation of children in 20 years’ time for doing nothing to protect their rights, but instead pursuing the desires of their ‘parent/s’?
The media has the ability to bring to light the situations that place children in a vulnerable state.
Earlier this year, columnist for The Australian newspaper Angela Shanahan wrote about the former Prime Minister’s apology to victims of forced adoption. The article explores the hypocrisy between the formal apology and same-sex and single surrogacy. Read this article
The Australian Family Association: National Marriage Day events in NSW and WA
· July 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The Australian Family Association (AFA) will be holding events in New South Wales and Western Australia to celebrate National Marriage Day, and you are invited to attend.
National Marriage Day is a chance to celebrate the special union of marriage, and to recognise the need of children to both a mother and a father.
AFA is a not-for-profit, voluntary, and non-party political organisation formed to be provide a forum and a vehicle for those individuals and organisations in the community concerned with the strengthening and support of the family unit. AFA was also one of the major sponsors of this year's World Congress of Families (WCF) event in Sydney. Read the declaration made by the WCF 2013
We encourage you to get behind National Marriage Day by attending an AFA event or by helping to organise an event in your own state. Find out more about how you can do this by visiting the
New South Wales - Penrith
Tuesday 11th August 2013
A picnic at Tench Reserve, Penrith
Bring a plate to share
Western Australia - Perth (event sponsored by the AFA and Knights of the Southern Cross)
Tuesday 13th August 2013
Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth
More details are on the
ABSENT film now screening in your state
· June 11, 2013 10:00 AM
is a documentary by award-winning journalist and director Justin Hunt, about the impact of fathers on children and society. It has won six international awards.
The documentary is now being released in Australia, and you are invited to attend a screening of it in your state this month.
The film explores the powerful effects of fathers on their children's lives and shows the importance of love, respect and acceptance desperately needed for young men and women to grow up emotionally healthy.
includes interviews with social experts like John Eldridge and Richard Rohr. There are also interviews with James Hetfield of the band Metallica, and boxing world champion Johnny Tapia.
Director Justin Hunt spoke recently to ACL's Katherine Spackman about the documentary. Listen to the interview
to access a list of screening dates and times in a city near you.
Be sure to watch the trailer above, and visit the
for more information.
ACL's Jim Wallace writes in the Illawarra Mercury
· April 17, 2013 10:00 AM
Below is a copy of an opinion piece written by ACL's Managing Director Jim Wallace, first published in the
Marriage is mother + father = kids
If some in popular culture are to be believed, redefining marriage to include same-sex couples is straight forward and has no adverse consequences.
This idea has gone unchallenged in part because of a fundamental shift in society from the community to the individual. Where once change was judged on its impact on the common good, now extreme individualism seeks its good first.
This mindset was on display in last week’s ABC 7.30 piece on polyamorous relationships. Polyamory is an open relationship involving more than one couple. Most revealing in the story were the final words of one of the polyamorists: “it’s all about people being happy and comfortable in whatever relationship they want to be in”.
Actually in Western society that has never been what marriage relationships have been “all about”.
They have primarily been about providing children the natural and stable relationship in which they flourish best, a commitment between their biological mother and father in marriage.
For that reason marriage has been viewed as not just about “us” but the children we bring into this world.
It is the relationship defined by the biological and sexual complimentarily of men and women. Marriage protects the biological identity of children. It provides the best environment for them to flourish.
Marriage should be reinforced by governments with much more vigour than wanting to enforce protection of the natural environment for trees.
As important as they are, trees are not in the same league as children.
It is interesting that those agitating to redefine marriage scoff at suggestions it will lead to polyamory. Yet the 7:30 story is evidence the former has led to unquestioning discussion of the later, something once unthinkable.
Last year the Australian Parliament voted overwhelmingly against Illawarra MP Stephen Jones’ same-sex marriage bill. The bill was defeated by a margin of two to one.
The vote came after a long and at times ugly debate within the Labor Party that saw it abandon its long-held position on marriage.
This was despite the fact that Labor went to the polls with a very clear promise they would not redefine marriage.
Government must legislate for what is best for children. We can be presented with any number of heart-rending examples of same-sex couple’s love, but they do not change the simple biological truth that it is different and not marriage.
Marriage will figure prominently in most Christians’ considerations at election time.
In a question distributed to a random representative sample in the National Church Life Survey in 2011, 49 per cent of respondents rated marriage and family in the top four issues of 13 options on the survey.
Marriage, the regional solution for asylum seekers, filtering dangerous and illegal content from the internet, supporting mums through the baby bonus, maintaining the unique character of the school chaplaincy program, problem gambling and meeting our international obligations on overseas aid were all commitments made to Christians at the last election.
Both sides of politics have disappointed at different times over the last three years on these issues, but only the Coalition has maintained its promise on marriage.
As people make up their minds who to support over the coming months there will certainly be no shortage of issues to consider, but for most Christians marriage will be one of them.
If a week is a long time in politics then Election Day is still an eternity away. Our politicians would do well to spend that time articulating a positive, credible vision for our nation that includes preserving and strengthening marriage as the very foundational block on which society is built.
Jim Wallace is Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby group.
French politicians want to replace mum and dad with parent '1' and '2'
· November 14, 2012 11:00 AM
France's new government wants to remove the terms 'mother' and 'father' and replace them with 'parent 1' and 'parent 2' to foster a more gender equal environment for families, and to pave the way for legalising same-sex marriage. A
Herald Sun article
last month explained that such ideas have moved to other places like Sweden as well, which is looking to create a separate term 'hen' to replace the words 'his' and 'hers.'
These ideas are nonsensical as they completely obliterate the importance of motherhood and fatherhood in the upbringing of children. Fathers and mothers parent differently from one another, and providing that diversity in a child's upbringing is contributing to the development of a well-rounded and balanced person.
Take, for example, the building of confidence in a child. When families go to any playground, dads encourage kids to swing a little higher, to ride their bikes a little faster, while mums tend to want to protect them. Having both characteristics in each parent keeps each other in balance, and helps their children remain safe while expanding their experiences and confidence.
To cut out 'mum' and 'dad' is to remove from society the fundamental nature of human beings and their interaction with one another. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
MR: ACL concerned for rights of parents under new Tasmanian relationships and sexuality education strategy
· October 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern about the rights of parents after the release of a new relationships and sexuality education strategy by the Tasmanian state Education Department includes teaching homosexuality to children.
Although the curriculum will not be mandatory for schools to take, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues would be covered in the teaching plans.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said parents should have the right to determine how their children were taught about issues of sexuality, including homosexuality.
“It is important that parents have forewarning about the material that will be taught and a choice in what their children are being taught. Parents should have the right to know about and opt their children out of these classes should their school adopt this new program," Mr Brown said.
Studies show that many adolescents go through a period of confusion about their sexuality but this does not mean they are homosexual and many go on to lead a heterosexual lifestyle.
Data from the National Health and Social Life Survey shows that three quarters of boys who think they are gay turn away naturally from a same-sex identity between the ages of around 16 to 25.
Mr Brown also said that teaching homosexuality to children as normative is not the way to combat the issue of bullying in schools.
“Bullying is a phenomenon that needs to be eliminated in all of its various manifestations.”
Mr Brown said ACL was concerned that this was being used as part of the gay lobby’s political push for same-sex marriage.
“This parental right to choice about what their children are taught is clearly something that is at risk if gay marriage created the legal and cultural cement under which it cannot be challenged.
“This has been clearly indicated by cases in the US,” Mr Brown said.
French push for gay marriage includes ban on 'mother' and 'father'
· September 27, 2012 10:00 AM
France is planning to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from all its official documents and replace them with the word 'parents' under new moves to legalise same-sex marriage.
An article published by The Telegraph newspaper tells of these controversial plans and the concern by the French Catholic church which has spoken out against the changes. A French Catholic Cardinal warned of the consequences of gay marriage, saying that it could lead to polygamy and the taboo on incest falling.
This issue brings to light the possible consequences should gay marriage be legalised. It would deny children the right to fully benefit from the love of their mother and father, and erode the very nature of family as the foundation of social life.
For more information, please read
The Telegraph article
The World Congress of Families invites you to join them in Sydney in 2013
· September 24, 2012 10:00 AM
The World Congress of Families (WCF) invites you to join them next year in Sydney to explore how business, government, education, law, healthcare and the media can strengthen families for the benefit of society.
The WCF seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.
It was founded in 1997 by Dr Allan Carlson of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society in the US. Every few years, it holds an event focused on intense teaching, learning, networking and exchange as those who seek to strengthen and promote the natural family tackle some of the most complex issues affecting family life today. It attracts some 1,000 to 3,000 participants with a broad range of the world's major speakers on the family including leaders in politics, religion and sociology.
The WCF has been successfully hosted in places such as Prague, Geneva, Mexico City and Warsaw, and will be held for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney 2013.
We encourage you to show your support for keeping the natural family unit intact by attending this important event.
Details are as follows:
15-18 May, 2013
Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW
GET AN ADDITIONAL 20% OFF ADVERTISED REGISTRATION FEES BY USING THE FOLLOWING PROMOTIONAL CODES WHEN YOU REGISTER:
ACL01 for 20% off full registration
ACL0S for 20% off spouse registration
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