"Changing the definition of marriage is a divisive issue that has far reaching consequences for children, freedom of speech, school sex education and freedom of religion."
The ACL has called on the Liberal and National Parties to rule out any change to the Marriage Act unless there has been a people’s vote through a national plebiscite.
“It was good to see the Prime Minister acknowledge that the plebiscite is overwhelmingly favoured by the Australian people,” Mr Shelton said.
“Changing the definition of marriage is a divisive issue that has far reaching consequences for children, freedom of speech, school sex education and freedom of religion.
“A vote of the Australian people is the best way to settle this but in the event of a Labor-Greens controlled Senate, the Liberal and National parties should make it very clear that a people’s vote is the only pathway for deciding this issue,” Mr Shelton said.
Labor and the Greens have vowed to oppose a people’s vote.
“People are only just starting to see that ‘Safe Schools’, legalising commercial surrogacy and restrictions to freedom of speech and religion are a package deal with redefining marriage,” Mr Shelton said.
“They are largely unaware that gay couples (already) have all the same legal rights as cohabiting heterosexual couples through State-based civil partnerships and unions.
“A people’s vote will allow all Australians to make an informed choice,” Mr Shelton said.
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Every child comes from and needs BOTH a mother and a father. Same-sex "marriage" intentionally keeps either a mother or a father from the child. Government should protect the child through upholding traditional marriage.
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