It’s not over but there are some encouraging signs that we might be in for some respite.
This week’s enews reports on the victory in Tasmania where the upper house rejected the second attempt in less than 12 months to redefine marriage.
The High Court will hold a second directions hearing on Monday into the ACT’s attempt to subvert the constitution by legislating same-sex marriage. There was some excellent commentary yesterday from Paul Kelly and Janet Albrechtsen in The Australian about why the High Court will most likely quash the ACT law.
A bill for same-sex marriage was introduced into the NSW Parliament today but is expected to fail.
Thanks to our NSW supporters who have responded magnificently.
Emails have been flooding into MPs’ offices. I can’t stress how important this sort of grass roots campaigning is. It makes a difference.
There have been nine attempts to legislate same-sex marriage in federal, state and territory parliaments in the past few years. The High Court may bring at least a temporary halt to this attempt at legislation by fatigue.
This issue has had a fair go. There is no political appetite for changing the Marriage Act.
The challenge for the future is to rebuild a positive culture of marriage to help address Australia’s current crisis in child well-being (more on this in future editions of enews).
The well-being of future generations depends on us getting this right.
NSW Parliament debates same-sex marriage bill
New South Wales lawmakers today began debate on a law to create a new institution called ‘same-sex marriage’ in the state.
Fifteen members of the Legislative Council spoke on the bill. Eight MLCs spoke in support of the bill while seven declared their intention to vote against the legislation. Three MLCs who had previously spoken in parliament in support of redefining marriage said they would vote against the NSW bill.
Defeat of same-sex marriage motion in Tasmania signals time to move on
The Australian Christian Lobby welcomed the defeat of a same-sex marriage motion in the Tasmanian Upper House this week. ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Tuesday’s decision by Legislative Council Members (MLCs) not to reconsider proposed same-sex marriage laws should send a clear message that it’s time to move on from this tiresome debate.
Please thank Tasmanian parliamentarians for protecting marriage
By Mark Brown, ACL Tasmanian Director
A motion to reintroduce last year’s same-sex marriage bill in Tasmania’s upper house was this week defeated eight votes to six. During a long day of speeches, those supporting the motion tried in vain to convince those who had opposed the bill last year that new information presented was reason enough to bring back the bill for debate.
High Court challenge into same-sex marriage bill could happen in December
The High Court hearing into the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same-Sex) Bill could begin as early as December according to Chief Justice Robert French. At last Friday’s direction hearing into the challenge, which was attended by ACL staff, Chief Justice French adjourned the directions hearing until the 4th of November but signalled he was working towards having the case heard when the full court sits from the 3rd to 6th of December.
Dan Flynn talks about calls for amendment to abortion law reform act on Political Spot
Dan Flynn is the Victorian director of the ACL. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the case of Dr Mark Hobart who is currently being investigated by the Medical Board of Victoria for not being able to refer a patient who wanted to abort her baby because it was a girl.
David Hutt talks about NSW same-sex marriage bill on the Political Spot
David Hutt is the NSW Director of the ACL. In this interview with the ACL’s Katherine Spackman he discusses the same-sex marriage bill. ACL is encouraging supporters to email their MP about the bill via makeastand.org.au campaign “Man+wife4life”.
NSW MLC calls for action to uphold the meaning of marriage
By Greg Donnelly MLC
The battle over the meaning of marriage has clearly moved from the Commonwealth Parliament to state and territory legislatures. Having failed to get their way federally, advocates of same-sex marriage are now deliberately opening up new fronts, hoping to make a breakthrough somewhere.
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