The Australian Christian Lobby believes that accepting gay marriage would redefine the words of Marriage which they believe is between a man and women and not between the same-sex.
The definition of Marriage according to Marriage Act 1961 means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life, but why not change this to “means marriage is between someone you love whether they are a man or women” which would not contradict the meaning but also provide equality to all persons regardless of their gender liking.
An ACL letter to parliament states “marriage is the corner stone of a strong, sustainable and healthy society which builds strong communities, forms good citizens, and brings parents for the nurture of their children” but how many children nowadays are in the midst of a legal battle between their parents on who gets to look after the child? How many children are living with their solo parents? How many children do not have either parents and living in foster homes?
Christian groups believe that accepting marriage equality would hurt a child’s right to have a mother and father yet they do not realise that there are families in this country and in the world where there are many solo parents raising their child, however they also do not realise that marriage is not all about having a child. Marriage is and should only be about the love the two people have for each other. Some heterosexuals get married for the reasons of love and not necessarily marry to have children.
I am one where if I got married to the love of my life whom would be a man, I may not want to have a child either by surrogacy or adoption, but that does not mean I do not like children.
The right to marry the same sex has nothing to do with ruining the rights of a child to a mother and father, but it seems like the ACL are more concerned about marriage equality than they are about solo parents raising a child or two alone.
“Being gay is a health threat on par with smoking” is the saying from the leader of the Australian Christian Lobby back in 2012 when he spoke to Fairfax media. This statement is completely outrageous and somewhat inappropriate to say that being homosexual alters with your health.
If you look on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website, it shows that in 2013, 118,962 marriages were registered but also 47,638 divorces were granted. 47,747 children were affected by these divorces. The ACL should look into facts about children being affected in divorces nowadays because the number of children affected is really high, although it does not show how many now live with solo parents.
ACL believes that society should not force the ways of gay marriage into this country as it would ruin the rights of marriage, but can they define exactly what is right and wrong? According to their own website they want to see Christian Principles influencing the way we are governed, do business, and relate to each other as a community.
However, would they be happy if Christians were banned from marriage? If we decided to make Christian marriage illegal? Bulldozed the churches? Of course they wouldn’t be happy, they would be fighting to have their rights and that is what the gay marriage is all about. Fighting for our fundamental rights to be able to marry who we love, not by someone who gets to say who we can and cannot marry because of someone that doesn’t exist [god]
According to the Federal Governments Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says that in 2012 in NSW, 3407 children were taken from their families, bringing to 17,192 the number of children in out-of-home care, and 14,667 children were victims of substantiated abuse – up 27 per cent in a year.
In Victoria, 3526 children were taken from their families, bringing to 6207 the number of children in out-of-home care, and 8741 children were victims of substantiated abuse – up 19 per cent in a year.
In South Australia, 618 children were taken from their families, bringing to 2548 the number of children in out-of-home care and 1810 children were victims of substantiated abuse – down slightly from the 1831 during 2010/11.
In Tasmania, 284 children were taken from their families, bringing to 1009 the number of children in out-of-home care and 939 children were victims of substantiated abuse – down 17 per cent in a year.
In the Northern Territory, 399 children were taken from their families, bringing to 700 the number of children in out-of-home care and 1513 children were victims of substantiated abuse – up 6 per cent in a year.
In 2013, Almost 20,000 Australian children are living in foster care, removed from their biological parents for their own safety, and as the number of children in need of foster care rises, the number of carers is dwindling according to abc.net.au
This shows that whatever the ACL group is fighting for is worse than what the LGBTI group are wanting.
Human beings are human beings regardless of who they are or want to be, the ACL should focus on making themselves better people than diminishing the rights of everyone else.
Let’s fight for our rights as human beings to be able to marry who we want for the freedom of ourselves.