Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 28 Apr 2013
The NSW Council of Churches has called on Premier Barry O’Farrell not to support parliamentary action on same sex marriage laws in NSW amid concerns over the constitutionality of such law reform.
“It is far from clear whether the States have the power to pass same sex marriage laws, given that marriage is a federal matter,” Council President Ross Clifford said.
“The last thing we need is a High Court challenge over doubtful state laws and waste of taxpayers’ money in defending flawed legislation. There is also the problem of legal recognition of NSW marriages in other states should this state proceed with same sex marriage laws. There are many priority issues for the NSW Government to address. Gay marriage is not one of them.”
Dr Clifford also called on federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to remain firm in his support for the current definition of marriage in federal law.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.