"Some politicians are seeking to silence the voice of the Church and indeed of all opponents of same-sex marriage. “Increasingly they are trying to manipulate anti-discrimination legislation to achieve this end,” Julian Porteous.
Julian Porteous, said in a recorded statement the Catholic Church had a positive vision of human sexuality it believed provided a way to authentic human happiness.
He said the complaint by federal Greens candidate Matine Delany represented an attempt to prevent Christians publicly expressing their views.
"I'm aware that there are some in our society who would seek to silence the Church on this issue," he said.
"And indeed to prevent Christians in general from expressing their views in the public square.
"Increasingly, they are trying to manipulate anti-discrimination legislation to achieve this end."
He said there should not be threats or intimidation against anyone who has a view in favour of traditional marriage.
"It's important that Australia has the opportunity for a free and open debate about the nature of marriage particularly leading up to this planned plebiscite," he said.
He said the Church condemned, in the strongest terms, any form of discrimination.
The Church argues it is 'gravely unjust' to:
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
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