People who support changing marriage law to include homosexual couples often ask us why we oppose other people's right to get married. “How is it your business?” they ask. They claim it won’t affect us, so why should we care?
Firstly, it is important to realise that under numerous state and federal laws, a couple who is in a same-sex relationship for all intents and purposes has the same rights as those who are in a legally recognised marriage. Whether it is property, financial or estate rights, all couples in a committed, intimate relationship are protected by Australian law.
The term which the LGBT lobby use for same-sex marriage is "marriage equality" – because this term implies that we are discriminating against same-sex people when we oppose same-sex marriage. So, does changing the marriage law bring “equality” to all people?
The answer is no. As we have seen from overseas experiences, redefining marriage takes away the rights of many other people in a society. For example, just last week in England an Orthodox Jewish school is facing closure because it refuses to teach primary school students about homosexuality.
A few days ago, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he wants all Church of Sweden priests to be forced to perform same-sex marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy should have the right to refuse.
Jack Phillips, a baker in Massachusetts, has been in court because, due to his personal religious beliefs, he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding with two grooms on top and rainbow filling inside. This case highlights the significant threats to religious liberty and free speech posed by same-sex marriage law.
And here in Australia, employees are being bullied into supporting same-sex marriage by powerful rainbow activists in the corporate world. An employee of a large bank banks reports that he is “constantly bombarded” with same-sex marriage propaganda. He said: “As a Christian, this puts employees like me in the position of having to justify my faith against my employment... A sad state of affairs in a country where freedom of religion was once a prized right.”
从近来的一次联邦议会公众意见审查所收到的意见书来看，同性婚姻的支持者们希望移除对宗教自由的一切保护。Just.equal (“公正.平等”,平权组织) 发言人Rodney Croome声明，他反对保护不愿意为同性婚礼证婚的持证证婚人。“对我们来说这像是对偏见进行合理化的一种方式。”
Submissions to a recent Senate inquiry made it clear that same-sex marriage supporters wish to remove all protections for religious freedom. Just.equalspokesperson Rodney Croome stated he was opposed to protections for civil celebrants who preferred not to perform same-sex weddings: “To us it would sound like a way to legitimise prejudice,” he wrote.
We should be under no illusion that the "marriage equality" campaign has anything to do with equality. It is a campaign designed to silence anyone with an opinion contrary to their own, and it seeks to destroy our nation’s hard-won freedoms.
Therefore, it is crucial that we have a people's vote to determine whether same-sex marriage should be legalised in Australia – because everyone’s opinion matters.