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Have your say on same sex marriage laws

As you may be aware, there are currently three bills before the Federal Parliament seeking to amend the Marriage Act 1961 by repealing the definition of marriage and substituting the words ‘a man and a woman’ with the words ‘two people’.  There are various definitions being proposed in the three bills, but it will essentially mean that the definition of marriage is no longer exclusively between a man and a woman.

Each of these bills is currently the subject of government inquiries which are seeking public comment.  If you would like to have your say on whether the government should expand the definition of marriage to include same sex couples, here’s how to do it:

Go to the federal government’s online survey (https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage) and follow the instructions.

For the text of each bill, click on the links below:

Bills in the House of Representatives (closing date for responses Friday 20 April)
Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012
Marriage Amendment Bill 2012

Bill in the Senate (closing date for responses Monday 2 April)
Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010

If you would like more information on a Christian response to these bills based on the teaching of the Bible, please contact the NSW Council of Churches.

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