13 November 2015

Millions of ordinary Australian Christians who wish to remain publicly faithful to Jesus’ teaching on marriage will be watching today’s moves by anti-discrimination authorities in Tasmania with a chill running down their spines.

Overnight the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks ruled that a complaint by a transgender Greens political candidate against the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference would proceed, likely ending up in court.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the same-sex political agenda had gone far enough.

“Having achieved full practical equality with married couples some years ago, same-sex political activists in their quest to claim the word ‘marriage’ want to legally punish anyone who expresses a different opinion,” Mr Shelton said.

The Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous and now the ACBC stand accused of offending same-sex attracted people because they distributed a booklet entitled “Don’t Mess with Marriage”.

“This was a respectful pamphlet which simply outlined Christian teaching on marriage and why children should be given every opportunity to be raised by their mother and father.

“Ironically the booklet’s teaching reflects the current law of the land on marriage.”

Mr Shelton said the legal action, which was urged by Australian Marriage Equality head Rodney Croome, seems designed to shut down debate ahead of the Turnbull Government’s promised people’s vote on marriage.

“It is not possible to have a fair debate if one side is to be bullied into silence with the threat of legal action for simply expressing its view.

“The totalitarian instinct of the same-sex political activists should concern every Australian.

“The only way to preserve freedom in Australia and children’s rights is to vote to uphold marriage in the privacy of the ballot box on plebiscite day.”