Over 7,500 submissions were made into a New South Wales (NSW) state parliament inquiry into the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage under state law while the Australian Government refuses to move on the issue.
The number of submissions made was the most ever received by a parliamentary inquiry and was more than three times bigger than the previous record holder.
Australian advocates for marriage equality welcomed the overwhelming support for marriage equality demonstrated by the number of submissions.
‘Just as has been the case federally, marriage equality motivates people to take action and engage in political process more than any other issue.
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) had encouraged its supporters to make submissions to the inquiry – claiming that same-sex marriage would lead to the suppression of the rights of people of faith who didn’t agree with it.
‘Same-sex marriage supresses free speech whereby people who object to same-sex relationships taking the term ‘marriage’ can be persecuted for this view,’ an ACL talking points sheet claims.
‘Where same-sex marriage has been legalized, parents have also found that their child is being taught about homosexuality without their consent.’
Discussion of same-sex relationships already forms part of the school curriculum in NSW.
A cross party working group including politicians from all sides of politics is working to make NSW the first state in Australia to legalize same-sex marriage and released a draft of their bill on Valentines Day this year.