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Marriage: a time to think again
Thursday, May 28, 2015

“Last Friday’s Irish referendum result seems to have sent many MPs on a headlong rush to follow suit,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.  “But Australia is not Ireland, and the reasons 62% of the 60% of eligible Irish voters (effectively 37% overall) said yes to same-sex marriage were not necessarily rational. 

“Ireland’s slick yes campaign, bank-rolled by many millions of dollars from the US Atlantic Philanthropies group, focused on the misleading word ‘equality’.   The simple message was that everyone should be equally free to marry anyone they love.

“But a few seconds’ thought shows how illogical this proposal is.  Should a sister be allowed to marry a brother whom she loves?  Should a man be allowed to marry three women, all of whom love each other?  Should an adult man be allowed to marry a nine-year-old girl?  Will Ireland now see calls for such changes to marriage laws, all based on ‘love’ and so-called ‘marriage equality’?

Ros Phillips said Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten would do well to heed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who this week firmly rejected same-sex marriage for her country.

“Every country makes its own laws – some countries go one route while others go another,” Ms Merkel said.  “In Germany we’ll take a path that suits Germany.”

And last month US Chief Justice John Roberts told gay marriage proponents that they did not want to “join” the institution of marriage – they want to change its core man-woman meaning.

“Australian MPs should sit back, take a deep breath, and carefully consider the implications of changing the core meaning of marriage,” Ros Phillips said.  “This social experiment many take many decades before the results, especially for children, are apparent. 

“Now is not the time to rush in where angels fear to tread.”


  • Marriage and sexuality

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