NewsTue Nov 10, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST
Australia Considers Same-Sex “Marriage”
By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
CANBERRA, November 10, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As part of its inquiry into the Marriage Amendment Bill the Australian government yesterday heard arguments for and against same-sex "marriage."
The Australian Green party is pushing for the redefinition of marriage as part of their platform in anticipation of next year's federal election.
Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young asked Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to allow Labor MPs a free parliamentary vote on same-sex "marriage" when it comes before the House. "This is not a gay issue, it's a human rights issue," she said
"I'm calling for the prime minister to … grant his members a conscience vote so we can get a true reflection of how the Australian community is feeling," Hanson-Young told ABC TV this week, adding, "The majority of Australians think people should be able to marry who they want."
The Sydney Star Observer reports that the Bill has prompted a considerable response from citizens, with the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee receiving more than 20,000 submissions in the past two months.
The committee reported on Monday that the submissions ran about two to one against same-sex "marriage."
"16,752 emails were received against amending the Marriage Act to include same-sex couples, while only 8,666 emails had been received for," the report stated.
The Australian Family Association's (AFA) submission reaffirmed that marriage should be reserved as a union between a man and a woman.
"We submit that marriage deliberately identifies and protects a particular type of relationship - the uniquely pro-generative male-female relationship - which carries a unique (and not inconsiderable) significance for both contemporary Australian society, and for the entire human species," the AFA stated.
The AFA is encouraging Australians to send a strong message to their elected leaders to defend traditional marriage. A petition and contact information is available on the group's website.
"Without a public 'uprising' to defend marriage," said the group, "it is conceivable that Australia could join other nations (namely Canada, Spain, Belgium and some American states) in legalising same-sex 'marriage'. We are charged therefore with the serious responsibility of working to retain the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Now, and over the next year we must garner an increasing mass of people to take a stand for marriage."
The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is scheduled to publish the results of its inquiry into the Marriage Amendment Bill on November 26, 2009.
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