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MR: Redefinition of marriage in UK creates vulnerabilities for churches
· February 07, 2013 11:00 AM
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today said it expected it would only be a matter of time before protection of religious freedoms in the UK would diminish following the recent legislation redefining marriage passing in the House of Commons.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace said that although the UK bill allows religious organisations to say ‘no’ to conducting same-sex marriages, a challenge to this in the European Court of Human Rights has already been flagged, even before the bill has been voted on in the House of Lords.
“Legal expert opinion suggests that the court could rule that if same-sex marriage is normalised in law, any church would be obliged to marry same-sex couples,” Mr Wallace said.
“The passing of this legislation redefining marriage in the UK is yet another demonstration of governments failing to protect freedom of religion and conscience for churches,” he said, “in fact it goes further and creates a vulnerability that activists are indicating they will pursue.”
“No Australian political leader can suggest that protections could be provided to the church in the light of the clear intention of activists in the UK to pursue any loophole in their pursuit of the church,” he said.
He said the Australian Parliament made the right decision in rejecting same-sex marriage last year.
“Our parliamentarians should not be bullied into creating another debate on marriage when it was so decisively defeated late last year,” Mr Wallace said.
“MPs know it doesn’t rate in their electorates. The UK provides another example that redefining marriage is not the end of the gay activists’ agenda,” he said.
ACL's MD Jim Wallace writes on ABC's The Drum - Extreme intolerance of gay activists
· May 22, 2012 10:00 AM
ACL's Jim Wallace had an opinion piece published in The ABC's Drum today titled "
Extreme intolerance of gay activists
Below is a copy of the opinion piece.
The purging of Professor Kuruvilla George this week from the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission is further proof of the extreme intolerance of homosexual activists.
Apparently anyone holding the view that marriage is between a man and a woman is not fit for public service and must be expunged.
Even former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, who was last year pilloried by activists when he supported the idea of a child having a mother and father wherever possible, has now rolled over and publicly supported redefining marriage. At the time, the activists called for Kennett’s scalp as head of Beyond Blue and targeted its funding, always a good stick to use on not for profits and one previously used to neutralise the Online Opinion website.
Of course there were also calls for tennis icon Margaret Court to have her name removed from the arena named in her honour at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre because of her views in support of man-woman marriage. Happily she is a champion and made of the stuff of champions.
So when Professor George, Victoria’s deputy chief psychiatrist and a member of the EOC, was found to have supported a view out of step with the gay orthodoxy, the activists went into overdrive until he was forced to resign.
His crime was to join 150 other medical practitioners in a submission to a Greens-inspired Senate Inquiry that stated among other things, that children do best with their biological mother and father.
This statement of commonsense of course does not deny that same-sex couples can love a child and parent competently.
But it did affirm that where Governments have a responsibility to children, they should act in a child’s best interests which is to ensure that wherever possible a child is not denied in a premeditated way either or both of its biological parents.
Unfortunately same-sex marriage and the right to same-sex family formation that flows from this allows two men to exclude a child’s birth mother from the life of the child. Conversely, lesbian parenting deliberately cuts off the father from the child, and in some states the father is not even allowed to be listed on the birth certificate.
Clearly there is a clash of rights between adults and children who have no say in their being deliberately cut off from their genetic heritage, something law-makers need to ponder as they consider the three bills before the federal parliament which aim to create non-biological marriage.
What is disturbing though is the activists’ use of research to support the proposition that there is no difference between same-sex parenting and biological parenting.
The head of a cluster of predominantly gay activist academics, Dr Damien Riggs of Flinders University, was quick out of the blocks to condemn Professor George and the 150 doctors for their ‘unscientific’ view that kids do better with their natural parents.
In 2007, Riggs and his team of five authors which included four gay activists, produced a literature review for the Australian Psychological Society, which surprise, surprise, said kids are just as well off without their biological parents.
But when interviewed on SBS radio this week, Dr Riggs admitted that the studies he reviewed only examined lesbian parenting. Surely this so called research has excluded half the demographic to be compared with heterosexual parenting, important when in some states even a single man can get a child through surrogacy.
But Dr Riggs didn’t disclose that the phenomenon of visible homosexual families is a recent construct for which there has simply not been the time to gather reliable data.
In condemning Professor George, Dr Riggs did not engage the substance of the medical practitioners’ submission to the Senate which raised concerns that same-sex relationships are well proven to be inherently and markedly less stable than heterosexual ones.
At least three academic reviews have questioned the validity of many of the studies which Dr Riggs relies upon.
Quantitative analysis experts Robert Lerner and Althea Nagai reviewed 49 studies supporting same-sex parenting, many of which were used byDr Riggs, and found that all 49 contained serious methodological flaws
There is enough doubt about the rigour of Dr Rigg’s work to call into question his dogmatic statements that same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting will have no adverse impacts on children. It is clearly no basis for federal politicians to change the Marriage Act – a decision which will have big consequences for children deliberately excluded from one of their biological parents for life.
Professor George should be invited back to the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and claims by homosexual activists of equal parenting outcomes should be subjected to much more rigour before politicians legislate to create another stolen generation.
MR: SA Government should reject committee’s recommendations
· May 18, 2011 10:00 AM
For release: Wednesday May 18, 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby urges the South Australian Government not to endorse the Social Development Committee’s recommendations on same-sex parenting because it is not in the best interests of children.
ACL’s acting South Australian Director Rob Ward rejected the committee’s seven recommendations which would prevent children from having a mother and a father.
“The changes proposed to allow single and lesbian women access to assisted reproductive technology and to allow same-sex couples access to adoption and surrogacy would stop children at least beginning life with a mother and father,” he said.
“This should not be seen as a same-sex parenting issue but as being about children’s rights. All things being equal, children have the right to both a mother and a father.
“When it comes to assisted reproduction, children have a fundamental right to be born from natural human origins and, if at all possible, to know and be raised by their biological mother and father.
“Surrogacy is fraught with emotional, biological and legal complexities for children, as well as for women who carry someone else’s baby,” he said.
“Last week’s news about the mother of the first child under Queensland surrogacy law regretting giving up her baby should be a warning to politicians about the complexities.
“Just as the desire to nurture a child is entirely natural for a mother, so is the desire of a child to know his or her biological parents. In some cases this is clearly not possible, such as through death or desertion.
“But where it is possible to avoid the situation of a child growing up without a mother or father, the child’s rights should be considered as paramount and put before the rights of adults, regardless of their strong desire for children.”
The Australian Christian Lobby is opposed to surrogacy, IVF, and other methods used to allow single women or men and same-sex couples to obtain children, and opposes Medicare funding of such measures.
“ACL believes that every child has a natural right to know his or her mum and dad, and to be raised in a home with the complementary love, care and role-modelling of a mother and father,” Mr Ward said.
ACL launches ""Kids' Rights Count"" campaign in NSW
· August 17, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL is calling on supporters in New South Wales to make a stand for kids’ rights, today launching the "Kids' Rights Count" campaign at
In just a few weeks, the NSW Parliament will hold a conscience vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to adopt a child. This would deny kids the right to both a mother and a father’s love.
Many children who have been adopted already feel different from other kids. Denying them the right to at least be placed in an adoptive home with both a mother and a father will not make things any easier for them.
Kids' Rights Count campaign site
you can find more information about the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2010 and take action to protect children’s rights.
We have a responsibility to speak up for those who don’t have a voice. Please visit
to email your Member of Parliament. Please also consider calling your MP or asking to meet him or her to discuss your opposition to the proposed law.
Thank you for your support.
Christian Lobby condemns Victorian ALP same-sex marriage push
· November 23, 2009 11:00 AM
For release: November 23, 2009
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has strongly condemned the passing of a resolution by the Victorian Labor Party state conference on the weekend calling for gay marriage and urging the Federal Government not to disallow ACT legislation to give same-sex couples legal ‘marriage-like’ ceremonies.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said it is not surprising that the push to undermine marriage and change the social fabric of society is coming from the more radical left-leaning elements of the Labor Party in both Victoria and the ACT who are intent on pushing a social engineering agenda which would be at odds with most Christian views.
“The Rudd Government has given Labor an opportunity to consolidate what was a well-acknowledged shift of many Christian voters to Labor in the last federal election but if they follow the urging of elements of the Victorian Labor Party and their equivalent elsewhere they will never hold those gains,” Mr Wallace said.
“It would be similar to the situation with the ‘Howard battlers’ who came over to the Coalition and then deserted it in 2007.”
Mr Wallace said there is an ‘open and shut case’ for the Federal Government to overturn the ACT legislation.
“There was a clear pre-election commitment given by Federal Labor that they would not allow the mimicking of marriage and there’s been no more brazen attempt to do this than that represented by the legislation recently passed by the ACT Assembly.
“The thing that will drive Christians away from Labor if this legislation is left standing is not so much the issue itself, as the concern about how much they can trust a Federal Labor Government if a key election promise to the Christian constituency is broken. This is not a threat, it is simply fact,” Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace said the ACT Government is trying to frame this issue solely in terms of whether the civil partnerships legislation contravenes the Marriage Act according to fine constitutional legalities and its latest supposedly ‘clever’ attempt to get around any problems.
“Whether it does or not is not the real issue at stake – although if its own proponents are saying it is actually marriage then surely it contravenes the Marriage Act. The issue is that the Federal Government has the constitutional power to disallow the ACT legislation and its election promise impels it to do so,” he said.
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