For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 18 Aug 2013.
In his televised debate with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott last weekend, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised that, if elected, a Labor government would introduce a bill to legalise same sex marriage within 100 days. Mr Abbott said he did not believe in the case to change the Commonwealth Marriage Act, but added that it would be up to the newly elected party room to decide how to proceed on marriage law reform if he were elected as Prime Minister.
NSW Council of Churches President, Dr Ross Clifford, said Australia needed “conviction politicians” at all levels of politics who were willing to take an uncompromising stand on social issues, and who had the integrity to clarify their personal positions before the election.
A change to marriage law is not inevitable. In the past two years, five same sex marriage bills have been introduced to Parliament, and all have failed.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.