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Bill Shorten urged to tell Australian Christian Lobby why he supports same-sex marriage

Bill Shorten urged to tell Australian Christian Lobby why he supports same-sex marriage

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:33 Written by // Andrew Shaw

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



Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

Comments (2)

  • Adam

    01 September 2014 at 09:37 |
    Bill, having an opinion that differs from yours is not a hate crime.
    I personally think marriage should remain with the traditional definition that has 5 restrictions - age, gender, not family, non-duress, two people.
    But I in no way hate you for having a different opinion.


  • Bill

    29 July 2014 at 07:31 |
    The Labor Party already robbed the bank for the Christian Lobby, illegally spending 250 million of our money, our taxes, on the Christian Lobby School Chaplains program. So who could be surprised Bill Shorten would be a speaker and support a cult who promotes hate crimes. I mean if we are a cancer as they say, society wants to eradicate that, right? Calling them a legitimate voice, is deeply disturbing spin.

    Labor is a party, thanks to the dominant Right Faction, that does not offer equality, just a more humane way of killing us in the GLBTI abattoir. They do not offer an end to discrimination, to being singled out for unequal treatment, but offer support to groups who seek us harm and ill treatment. I put it to readers attending the ACL, and using your public office to give support as speaker, is in itself a hate crime. This is because it legitimises hate and stigmatization of GLBTI Australians.


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