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September 8, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has refused to have a speaker at its national conference who would have challenged the organization’s extreme claims about homosexuality, after the Australian Prime Minister cancelled her appearance

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has declined an offer by a former Liberal Party state premier to speak in place of the Australian Prime Minister at its national conference after the organization’s head claimed that homosexuality was more dangerous than smoking.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard pulled out after ACL managing director Jim Wallace repeated the claim a second time.

September 6, 2012

 

Julia Gillard cancels appearance at Australian Christian Lobby conference saying head Jim Wallace’s comments about smoking and gay marriage are ‘offensive… heartless and wrong’

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cancelled her keynote speech at the Australian Christian Lobby conference after head Jim Wallace said yesterday that smoking is healthier than gay marriage.

‘I believe yesterday's comments by Jim Wallace were offensive,’ said the PM in a statement.

‘To compare the health effects of smoking cigarettes with the many struggles gay and lesbian Australians endure in contemporary society is heartless and wrong.’

September 6, 2012

Liberal party politician Warren Entsch says apology can't make up for 'disgusting' homophobic remarks by Australian Christian Lobby head

Liberal party politician Warren Entsch says an apology can't repair the damage done by Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace after he claimed smoking was healthier than gay marriage.

Wallace made the comments at a debate on marriage equality at the University of Tasmania yesterday (5 September), prompting Prime Minister Julia Gillard to cancel her keynote speech at an ACL conference next month.

September 5, 2012

Gay marriage campaigners call for head of Australian Christian Lobby, Jim Wallace, to apologize for homophobic comments

A Christian leader in Australia claims smoking is a healthier lifestyle than gay marriage.

Jim Wallace, head of the Australian Christian Lobby, told the audience at a debate on marriage equality today (5 September), that statistics showed gay people were less healthy than smokers.

August 24, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby have accused parliamentary supporters of same-sex marriage of wasting their colleagues time, with four different bills to legalize same-sex marriage currently before parliament

A private members bill to legalize same-sex marriage which has been tabled by Australian Government senators has been labelled ‘farcical’ and a waste of time by the far-right anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby.

Labor Senators Louise Pratt, Gavin Marshall, Carol Brown and Trish Crossin introduced the private members bill yesterday.

A Greens party bill on the issue was already before the Senate so the move by Government senators may be an attempt to claim ownership of the issue if the issue has enough support to pass through the parliament.

June 10, 2012

Anti-marriage equality campaigners have been caught spreading misinformation in their fight against reform

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has been caught out using false claims to argue that marriage equality will impact on religious freedom after it claimed that Denmark had legislated to force all churches to marry same-sex couples.

“Australian Parliamentarians would be naive to think [that] activists will not target the church here after Denmark’s Parliament finally caved into their demands for church weddings,” the ACL’s managing director Jim Wallace said.

June 7, 2012

Australian Christian Lobby complains about Sunrise’s coverage of same-sex marriage campaign

Anti-gay marriage campaign group the Australian Christian Lobby has accused morning TV show Sunrise of breaking TV’s impartiality code by supporting a same-sex marriage campaign.

Sunrise on Australia’s Channel Seven covered the launch of Marie Claire’s I Do campaign this morning (Thursday 7 June) and showed a debate on the issue between gay rights activist Dr Kerryn Phelps and the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL)’s Jim Wallace.