What you can do to protect Marriage

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 What you can do to protect marriage

Are you concerned about the pressure being put on Federal Liberal and National Politicians by “Australian Marriage Equality”, the Media and Labor Politicians to change their party policy to allow a conscience vote on same sex marriage?

You should be.

Beyond the personal impact upon spouses and children in redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships, there will also be far reaching consequences for all of us.

               

The Australian nation is shaped by our shared ideas and beliefs of what we consider valuable. These define the legal and cultural norms of our society and influence our understanding of what are appropriate standards of conduct, which in turn shape our individual choices.

The main purpose of marriage law in Australia has been to enable and encourage men and women to form and keep commitments of a certain kind, of which gender is an essential element to provide stability for society. This has in turn has provided a sound and balanced environment for any child that might be brought up within that commitment.

But if we change the definition of marriage to include same sex marriage then our law and culture would teach that marriage is merely about the emotional commitment of any two people instead, removing the complimentary balance of gender.

Gender would become meaningless to the understanding of marriage and therefore it would follow that husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, would be seen to be wholly interchangeable social constructs.

The anticipated result of these changes will be that Australian’s who adhere to the traditional definition of marriage will be characterised as old-fashioned even to the point of being labelled bigots, who because of these beliefs should answer to social disapproval and the law.

This would lead to restrictions and conditions being placed upon ministers of religion and places of worship, it would affect your ability to voice opinions in the public space, it would even effect what is mandated to be taught in our schools, and your involvement in what your children are taught.

 

This is not mere speculation. These realities are taken from what has occurred in countries where same sex marriage has been introduced. For example:

  • The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered Christian ministers to perform same sex weddings under pain of 180 days’ imprisonment for each day the ceremony is not performed and fines of $1000 per day: 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/20/idaho-citys-ordinance-tells-pastors-to-marry-gays-/

 

  • In the US, Canada and Denmark pastors or religious organisations have been forced to allow same-sex marriages in their churches or halls: Ocean Grove Methodist Camp in New Jersey (US) had part of its tax-exempt status rescinded because they do not allow same-sex civil union ceremonies on their grounds:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91486340

 

  • Parents in Canada and several European countries have been required to leave their children in sex-education classes that teach the goodness of homosexual activity and its equality with heterosexual marital activity; for example, David and Tanya Parker objected to their kindergarten son being taught about same-sex marriage after it was legalised by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, leading to David being handcuffed and arrested for trying to pull his son out of class for that lesson. They were told they had no right to do so:

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=1230620

http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/lop/researchpublications/921-e.htm#alegislation2

 

  • Clergy in Holland, France, Spain, the US and Australia have been threatened with prosecution for ‘hate speech’ for upholding their faith tradition’s position on marriage; the City of Houston, Texas, has even subpoenaed pastors, compelling them to submit sermons to legal scrutiny when discussing sexuality:

http://time.com/3514166/houston-pastors-sermons-subpoenaed/

 

  • Christian bakers in Oregon were found guilty of discrimination for declining to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/02/bakery-same-sex-oregon-fined-wedding-cake/22771685/ 

 

  • A Colorado baker who declined to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding was ordered by a judge either to serve gay couples or face fines despite it being against his beliefs as a Christian:

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/colorado-baker-cakes-gay-weddings-panel-rules-article-1.1811676

 

  • New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that Christian photographers who declined to photograph a same-sex union violated the state’s Human Rights Act: 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511580/Female-photographer-sued-refusing-pictures-lesbian-couples-wedding.html 

 

  • A Christian florist in Washington is being prosecuted for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding: 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-fines-washington-florist-sex-wedding-flowers-29964374 

 

  • In New York owners of farm were found to have violated the civil rights of a lesbian couple when they declined to host the couple’s same-sex “marriage” ceremony and fined $13,000:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-couple-fined-13000-for-refusing-to-host-same-sex-wedding-at-their 

 

  • Catholic adoption agencies in Britain and some American states have been forced to close for not placing children with same sex couples:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0601456.htm

 

You may well be wondering, what can I do about this?

 

There is something very concrete you can do which is very important at the moment.

 

Make an appointment and go and see your Federal Liberal or National Member or Senator at their office and let them know about your concerns. You may even want to print out some of this material to show them.

 

Are they aware of these precedents set in other countries who have introduced same sex marriage?

 

If not let them know, and ask them as your representative to maintain the Coalition's position against same sex marriage and to advocate that position in any party room vote, against any possibility of a conscience vote.

 

You can find your Federal Liberal Member here:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members/Members_Photos?party=2

 

Or your National's member here:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members/Members_Photos?party=3