Changing the definition of marriage in Australia is not inevitable. But marriage is certainly under enormous pressure.
This pressure can be relieved if leaders and ordinary people speak up. And pray.
Nine people in the 17-member ACT Legislative Assembly will next month pass a bill redefining marriage. It will affect the entire nation.
Because marriage is a Commonwealth responsibility, not that of a Territory, the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking legal advice.
An option Mr Abbott has is to introduce a bill into the Federal Parliament to overturn the ACT’s usurping of federal responsibility.
If Labor members in the Senate exercise the right the ALP has given them to a conscience vote, there is no reason an override bill would not pass and marriage be preserved.
In the meantime, the most effective thing we can do is write to Mr Abbott and ask him to take strong action to preserve the definition of marriage and to preserve the Commonwealth’s role in marriage.
It is not in Australia’s interests to have a hodgepodge of marriage laws.
It is not in the interests of children to be removed from their biological parent to satisfy the desires of others – no matter how heartfelt.
It is not in the interest of civil society for government to create vulnerabilities for religious freedom and freedom of speech – certain outcomes of any legislated change to the definition of marriage.
Please contact Mr Abbott today. A short e-mail or better still a letter from you respectfully asking him to overturn the ACT legislation and to preserve marriage would be influential at this time.
ACL Managing Director
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