Firstly, thanks to all of you who emailed your local Coalition MP a few weeks ago. Your voices were heard and the Coalition is so far holding firm in keeping its election promise to uphold marriage.
However, pressure on the Coalition to break its word from a small group of same-sex marriage activists is intense.
There are now three same-sex marriage bills in the Parliament and two inquiries underway.
I know we have asked a lot of you, but I need to ask you to activate again.
1. We all need to fill in the online survey provided by The House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs inquiry into the two bills before the House of Representatives.
The online survey is simple and will only take a few minutes. It consists of two multiple choice questions and two questions asking you to explain your position in less than 250 words. It is important to make the point that same-sex activists have a history of seeking to remove protections for religious freedom. Even though the bills are designed to allay concerns, ministers will be forced to conduct same-sex ‘weddings’. We need to make the point that we have no confidence this will hold in the long-term. The survey closes on April 20.
2. We all need to make a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Greens Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010. These are due by April 2. A submission can be as short or as long as you like.
Here are some points you might like to include:
- Marriage is a unique relationship between one man and one woman.
- Marriage is the foundation of family, which in turn is the foundation of society.
- If marriage can be redefined to include two people of the same gender, why not three or more people?
- Marriage is deeply held by a large proportion of the population for cultural and religious reasons and this should be respected.
- Redefining marriage has potential serious consequences for religious freedom and freedom of conscience.
- Same-sex marriage sets up a new family model that trashes the truth that gender is vital to a child in family formation.
- Research shows that a child with married, biological mother and father do best.
- Children should be given the chance to start life with both their biological parents.
For those who want to dig a bit deeper, here are a selection of articles which might be helpful.
Please pass this email on to all of your friends. If you attend a church, you might want to ask your leader to circulate this to the church’s email list.
Thanks for taking action.
Jim Wallace AM
Australian Christian Lobby
On behalf of the Australian Marriage Forum