The battle to preserve marriage in Australia has been a roller coaster ride.
The past week especially so.
A same-sex marriage activist published on the internet, for the second time this year, my family’s home address and those of several ACL board directors past and present.
This was while The Australian newspaper was running front page stories about union bully John Setka, who was only threatening to publish people’s home addresses.
There is only one reason for publicising someone’s home address and that is to bully and intimidate.
ACT Police have advised me that there is little they can do and I should engage a private security firm to make recommendations about upgrading security at my house.
Six months ago, our office was bombed and this is now the subject of a court case.
Last month masked same-sex marriage activists physically blocked 70 people from entering an ACL meeting in Melbourne, such is their commitment to free speech and tolerance.
Facing masked protesters is intimidating.
Last week a Liberal Party dinner in Melbourne which featured tennis great Margaret Court as its guest speaker was set upon by rainbow protestors.
ACL’s Dan Flynn was there and sent me iPhone footage of the protestors chanting “Hey Margaret go to hell, take (Prime Minister Malcom) Turnbull there as well”.
There is only one reason for chanting like that: to bully and intimidate.
All the while there is silence from leaders of the same-sex marriage political movement.
Then there was Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne’s boast that he would trash the Liberal party’s election promise of no change without a people’s vote.
To his credit, the Prime Minister today reaffirmed that the Government would not allow any change to the definition of marriage without a plebiscite.
This kills off Pyne’s plan and that of his fellow Liberal co-conspirators Trent Zimmerman and Senator Dean Smith.
These men naively thought they could draft a same-sex marriage bill that protects other Australian’s freedoms.
All in a week where the Swedish Prime Minister has told priests that if they don’t perform same-sex marriages, they should get another job.
Christopher Pyne’s contempt for voters has been an own goal and he has been repudiated by none other than the Prime Minister.
Marriage is safe for now.
With the Senate continuing to block the peoples’ vote, the next election is shaping up as a battle for the future of the definition of marriage.
This is really a battle for freedom, children’s rights and the truth about what it means to be male and female.
Thanks for your support – particularly everyone who has donated to our end of financial year appeal.
ACL is able to be a voice for Christian values in public policy because of your support and prayers.
God bless you.