Sunrise marriage debate gets personal
Same-sex marriage advocate Dr Kerryn Phelps and Australian Christian Lobby’s (ACL) Jim Wallace went head to head in a debate held by Channel 7’s Sunrise program as part of the ‘I Do’ campaign by Marie Claire and GetUp!
Phelps was quick to hit out at Wallace’s claim that the European Human Rights Court stated that marriage equality is not a human right.
“You are misquoting the European Court of Human Rights just like you misquote the Bible consistently.
“The European Court of Human Rights, what they said was this was an issue to be handed to the sovereign nations of Europe.
“If you are truly representative of Christians, why are you not protecting the rights of children who are being raised by same-sex couples whose parents do not have the right to marry currently?”
Wallace also launched into an attack against Channel 7 and Sunrise accusing the program of bias which was defended by host David Koch.
“Don’t slag us, give us your view. What’s wrong with same-sex marriage?” Koch said.
Wallace again added that his view was marriage is between a man and a woman because of children.
“I am accusing 7 and Sunrise of getting into this campaign as a foreign affairs and news show …you have not followed up on this issue you have come on as an activist,” he said.
“First of all the issue is that marriage is about children, it’s about enshrining in our legislation that marriage is between a man and a woman because of children, because motherhood and fatherhood are more important.”
This debate coincided with rallies in Melbourne and Sydney where marriage equality activists outnumbered anti-gay activists.