For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 Oct 2013.
The NSW Council of Churches this week commended Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his Government’s support of uniform national marriage laws and the decision to vigorously challenge the ACT Government’s new same sex marriage laws in the High Court.
Council President Dr Ross Clifford said, “We can’t have States and Territories passing laws that deeply divide Australians and that are guaranteed to face expensive legal challenges.”
A change in federal marriage law would be contrary to our Australian culture and heritage. It is imperative that Prime Minister Tony Abbott remain firm in his support for the current definition of marriage in federal law, and true to his Government’s election mandate to defend the meaning of marriage as currently defined in Commonwealth law.
Australia needs conviction politicians willing to take an uncompromising stand on social issues, upholding traditions and customs that have served society well in the past.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.