“The ACT’s Marriage Equality Bill 2013 introduced today would not only breach the Australian Constitution, it would not lead to equality,” FamilyVoice national research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Under the bill, ‘marriages’ are defined to mean ‘marriages between 2 adults that are not marriages within the meaning of the Marriage Act 1961’. ACT same-sex ‘marriages’ would therefore not be equal to other marriages. They would not be recognised as true marriages anywhere else in Australia, or in federal courts such as the Family Court. They would effectively be the same as civil unions – which ACT law already provides for.
“If homosexual activists are honest, this bill is not what they want. It is a meaningless manipulation of words,” Ros Phillips said.
Mrs Phillips said the Marriage Equality Bill would not provide equality in other ways as well.
“A union of two men or two women can never be the same as a union of a man and a woman, for whom genital union has at least the potential to create the next generation,” she said. “A same-sex union can never do that. It can never be equal to man-woman marriage.
“Two women or two men may raise children, but the children would not be related to both of them – leading to possible identity or other problems down the track. Research – such as the very large US National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (2010, 5.18ff) – has found that children are safest by far when raised by their two natural married parents,” Ros Phillips said.
The Marriage Equality Bill 2013 would also lead to inequality in religious freedom and freedom of conscience. In overseas jurisdictions where same-sex marriage laws have been enacted, people who do not support same sex marriage have been forced to endorse it by service provision. Ivette Madrid of Equal Love Canberra pointed out on ABC radio (29/7/13) that her organisation disagrees with protections for religious freedom.
“The Marriage Equality Bill 2013 appears to have been designed to put pressure on federal parliament. It is not a genuine attempt to provide equality. It should be rejected,” Ros Phillips said.
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