Australian same-sex marriage advocate defended from Christian lobby attack

Leading advocate accused of marrying for political reasons ahead of senate inquiry into gay marriage.

Australian same-sex marriage advocate defended from Christian lobby attack
03 May 2012

A leading Australian marriage equality advocate has been defended from a Christian lobby attack suggesting that his impending same-sex marriage is politically motivated.

Aspersions were cast on national convener of Australian marriage equality Alex Greenwich’s reasons for marrying his partner in Argentina.

In a comment regarding today’s (3 May) Senate marriage equality hearing in Sydney, posted on social media site, Twitter, Australian Christian Lobby chief of staff, Lyle Shelton wrote: ‘Alex Greenwich not at Senate Inquiry because today he is in Argentina getting "married". Coincidental or emotional leverage?’

Australian Marriage Equality campaign director, Rodney Croome responded: ‘Like other couples, Alex and his fiance have decided to marry for personal reasons, and they have been planning their wedding for a year.

‘Mr Shelton’s comments show his lack of respect for the love and commitment in same-sex relationships and lower the tone of the marriage equality debate. Many gay and lesbian Australians, including Alex and his fiance, wish to marry because they value marriage, not to make a point.’

Croome said Shelton’s comments reflect the Australian Christian Lobby’s attempt to portray the movement for marriage equality as disingenuous.

Greenwich’s advocacy has won support for the issue across Australian society.

Gay Star News previously reported that advocates say the senate inquiry received at least 45,000 submissions in favor of same-sex marriage.

The hearing continues tomorrow in Melbourne and the legal and constitutional affairs committee will report its findings to parliament on 6 June, followed by an MPs’ vote on the bill.

Argentina became the first country in Latin America and the 10th in the world to allow same-sex marriage in July 2010.



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