For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 17 Nov 2013.
The NSW Council of Churches has welcomed the defeat of a same-sex marriage bill in the NSW Upper House on Thursday, saying the vote is yet another indication that changing the meaning of marriage is not a priority for many Australians.
Christian Democratic Party MP the Reverend Fred Nile said the outcome was “a great victory for marriage in the NSW Upper House.”
Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said this was the ninth bill introduced by same sex marriage advocates in an Australian Parliament since 2010.
“They have used up much parliamentary time and the issue has had a fair go,” he said. “Marriage is a federal issue and the nation decided back in the 1960s to have uniform marriage law. It is time same-sex marriage advocates submit to the decisions of parliament rather than pursuing legislation by fatigue,” Mr Shelton said.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.