Bill Shorten urged to tell Australian Christian Lobby why he supports same-sex marriage
Labor Leader Bill Shorten, set to address the Australian Christian Lobby National Conference in October, has been urged to use the event to tell the ACL why he supports same-sex marriage.
The ACL is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, as recently as this week urging supporters to “speak up again to preserve marriage”.
ACL wants opponents of same-sex marriage to make submissions to the Senate inquiry considering a Greens’ proposal to recognise foreign same-sex marriages in Australia.
“This is not the first time the Senate has looked at a bill like this,” states the ACL in a media release.
“An almost identical bill was rejected in the lead up to the 2013 election by 36 votes to 29.
“Some overseas jurisdictions recognise polygamous and even child marriages. Should Australia provide ‘marriage equality’ for these too?”
ACL leader Lyle Shelton says in a video address that redefining marriage would have profound implications for religious freedom and freedom of speech.
ACL leader Lyle Shelton speaks out against same-sex marriage
However, Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome says Shorten should explain to the ACL conference why he supports marriage equality.
“Bill Shorten should remind the ACL conference that, like the majority of Australians, including Australian Christians, he supports marriage equality, and explain why the reform matters,” Croome said.
“As someone who has voted to give equal recognition and protection to same-sex parents and their children, I'd also like to see him explain that love and not gender makes a family.”
Recent polling by Crosby/Textor found 59 per cent of Australian Christians support marriage equality, up from 53 per cent in 2011.
IMAGE: Labor Leader Bill Shorten