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Is the US Supreme Court about the settle the marriage debate?
· January 20, 2015 11:00 AM
In a move which could settle the marriage debate in the United States, the Supreme Court is to decide whether or not redefining marriage for same-sex attracted people is a constitutional right.
The court will begin hearing oral argument in April with a decision expected mid-year. This is big news.
It could set America up for another divisive Roe v Wade-type decision when abortion was legalised by unelected judges in 1973.
Alternately, the Supreme Court might rule that it is up to individual states to decide.
Around 36 US states and the District of Columbia have redefined marriage. Courts have overwhelmingly done this, not elected people.
Already, prosecutions of those exercising their right of conscience not to participate in same-sex weddings have begun.
A cake maker in Colorado, a wedding photographer in New Mexico, a florist in Washington state and wedding chapel pastors in Idaho are among those being dragged through the legal system because they believe marriage is between a man and a woman.
For a far-reaching policy decision impacting on the rights of children, free speech and freedom of conscience, it is disconcerting that democracy barely rates a look in in the US when it comes to the marriage debate.
Thankfully Australia’s High Court has made it clear it does not want to be the decision maker. In late 2013, it said same-sex marriage was an issue for the Commonwealth Parliament to decide.
Strong support in Canberra for man-woman marriage has kept marriage in-tact.
Nonetheless, those seeking to change marriage are working hard to whittle away its support in the federal parliament.
As I’ve said many times, if we continue to speak up and make the case for marriage and the rights of children to their biological mother and father, there is no reason why we can’t see it preserved for future generations in Australia.
What does the US Supreme Court ruling mean for marriage in Australia?
· October 07, 2014 11:00 AM
Following the recent US Supreme Court decision, effectively increasing the number of US states where same-sex marriage is legal, many people are asking about the decision's implications for the debate in Australia.
On Tuesday I spoke with SBS about the decision and the consequences of redefining marriage.
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.
Download a free copy of the brochure
Teresa Martin on the Political Spot
· January 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Teresa Martin is from Cherish Life Queensland and spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the historic Roe v Wade decision 40 years ago in the United States Supreme Court
which legalised abortion.
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
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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