The Labor-Green leadership of the ACT and Tasmania have shown contempt for our Constitution in trying to smuggle gay marriage in by a back door.
Our Constitution clearly declares marriage to be a matter for Federal Parliament, and in Federal Parliament a Bill for same sex marriage was defeated by a large 2:1 majority only a year ago.
That is the proper venue for the nation to deliberate on marriage, but the Labor-Green leadership of the ACT and Tasmania have not shown respect for due process; they are obsessed with re-engineering society in their own radical image. The constitutional larrikinism of Territories and States meddling with marriage needs to be quashed by the High Court, and the jurisdiction of the Federal Parliament made clear. But beyond that, such a radical reordering of society would demand more than just a Federal Parliamentary debate: nothing less than the ultimate democratic authority of a referendum would validate transforming the institution that most intimately affects every person in Australia.
Give all Australians a conscience vote on this proposed revolution in marriage and family, with its legislative creation of generations of motherless or fatherless children and its cultural enshrining of Mardi Gras morality.
I have faith in the Australian people that, faced with a choice between the demands of two men to be called a marriage and the needs of a child to have, where possible, both a mum and a dad, they will vote on behalf of the child.
for the full opinion piece by Dr. van Gend published on October 31 at www.onlineopinion.com.au.
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