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April 2015 News

Thanks for speaking up for marriage. You made a difference

  • Written by  Comment: Lyle Shelton

COMMENT: Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton says a political manoeuvre to cause the Liberal Party to weaken its position on marriage was thwarted after 20,000 Australians spoke up.

In the last sitting week before Parliament rose ahead of the budget session, the Greens, libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm and the redefining marriage lobby plotted with pro-same-sex marriage Liberals.

Their aim was to cause the Liberal party room to make a decision to allow a conscience vote on Senator Leyonhjelm’s “freedom to marry” bill aimed at changing the definition of marriage.

Now a conscience vote sounds democratic on the surface but it would mean the Liberal party ditching its party policy position to vote as one to support marriage.

Same-sex “marriage” means legislating a family structure which requires children to forfeit their mother or father.

Parliamentarians should always act in the best interests of children and where there is a clash between adult desires and the rights of children, kids’ rights should come first.

As the gay, but pro-traditional family, fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana said last month: “the rights of children trump the right to children.”

When ACL got wind of the push in the party room, we mobilised supporters of marriage.

Within three days, 20,000 had emailed Liberal members and senators.

Much to Senator Leyonhjelm’s dismay, when the party room met his Liberal supporters did not even raise the conscience vote as agreed.

Two days later Senator Leyonhjelm pulled his “freedom to marry” bill from the Senate notice paper, just hours before it was due to be debated.

I’m sure those wanting to change marriage will try again. But for the moment, 20,000 Australians have helped the Liberals hold the line. If you were one, thank you. Let’s not give up.

I spoke about this with political commentator Peter van Onselen on Sky News: 


ACL's Lyle Shelton on same sex marriage (video only)

Posted by Australian Christian Lobby on Friday, March 27, 2015

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