From the Herald Sun:
"THE question facing the Australian people is this: should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? Seems pretty simple, right? Well, not so fast.
Advocates for the Yes campaign want to limit the debate strictly to the question, do you agree with same-sex marriage?
I can understand why: redefining marriage has far greater implications than just extending marriage to same-sex couples. They don’t want to talk about the impact of the change.
But the reality is that redefining marriage poses serious questions for all Australians. What is a marriage? Why is it such an important social institution? And will redefining it have consequences?
We need to think those questions through before casting our vote. I’ll be voting No. Here is why. Marriage is good, true and beautiful. It is a public and societal good. In its ideal form, it brings a man and woman together in a lifelong exclusive union and provides an optimal setting for the raising of children.
That is why the Commonwealth has a direct interest in the regulation of marriage. It is inherently linked to the welfare of children. The home is where self-government begins and future citizens are grown. All governments are poor substitutes for parents, which is why the Commonwealth has an interest in strong, long-lasting marriages. Children are best raised by their biological parents, in loving, happy homes.
And it’s not just Australians who have practised marriage. It’s been at the heart of civilisation throughout history. It has, of course, been expressed differently through the prism of cultural and religious differences, but it has always been between a man and a woman. It is also not just a religious sacrament — as some people suggest — unique to Judaism, Christianity or Islam. Even pagan cultures practised it.
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.
There is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to speak, so please speak up and defend children, truth and freedom. Craig Manners
“What the world needs most is a voice that courageously speaks the truth, not when the world is right, but a voice that speaks the truth when the world is wrong.” Fulton Sheen