Marriage and children are a package deal says Ireland’s same-sex marriage architect.

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Marriage has nothing to do with children, apparently

by Lyle Shelton

As the dust settles on the knife-edge 2016 election and the Prime Minister tweaks his cabinet, media focus has turned to the timing of the marriage plebiscite.

Last night on ABC1’s 7:30 program, Mr Turnbull said it was unlikely the people’s vote would be held before Christmas, as he had previously indicated. Early 2017 is now firming.

In the past three weeks, I have been involved in two debates with activists from Australian Marriage Equality, the peak body seeking to change the definition of marriage in law.

Tiernan Brady helped run the Irish referendum which redefined marriage there. When I mentioned the connection between marriage and children he became visibly uncomfortable…


How important are freedoms of religion and of speech?

We are pleased to announce that Brendan O’Neill, Editor of Spiked Online, will be in Australia throughout August speaking at several events hosted by ACL.

  • Sydney – Tuesday, Aug 16
  • Brisbane – Friday, Aug 19
  • Canberra – Thursday, Aug 25
  • Melbourne – Friday, Aug 26

Please save the date!

ACL Backs Wilkie And Xenophon Poker Machine Reform Push

Renewed calls by Senator Nick Xenaphon and Andrew Wilkie MP to crackdown of poker machines have been welcomed by the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the Federal Government must heed community concerns with problem gambling and work alongside Senator Xenaphon and Mr Wilkie to achieve reforms that will stop the harm being felt in by families and the community.

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Redefining Marriage Has Consequences

Patricia Karvelas from Sky News interviews ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton and Alex Greenwich, NSW MP and co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Lyle Shelton discusses the serious consequences of changing the definition of marriage, including the silencing of those who disagree. through the big stick of overreaching anti-discrimination laws.

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Submission To Inquiry Into Aboriginal Youth Suicide

ACL was grateful for the opportunity to submit an inquiry into Aboriginal Youth Suicide.

The inquiry was based on what more can be done to halt the worrying number of suicides among Aboriginal youth in Western Australia, particularly in remote communities, and to determine what resources have been set aside to tackle this crucial issue facing the State.

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Event: Expert health and human rights panel discuss abortion

Do you live in Brisbane?

Join us to hear from a panel of experts including doctors, lawyers and counsellors, as they examine the Abortion bill currently before a Qld parliamentary committee.

August 8, QLD Parliament House

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Listen: Lyle interviews the young woman who stumped Prime Minister on abortion live births

Abortion Safeguards Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence, Says ACL

Claims that liberalised abortion laws will be a positive for women in domestic violence situations are not borne out by facts with almost one in five women experiencing violence for the first time when pregnant, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

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Listen: Lyle interviews the young woman who stumped Prime Minister on abortion live births