Action Alert March 2011

This is an archived edition of Action Alert.

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Since becoming Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has consistently affirmed the view that “marriage is between a man and a woman” in accordance with the definition in the 2004 amendment to the Marriage Act 1961. Although the Prime Minister is not married herself [she is actually living in a long-term de facto relationship], she has declared that she recognises the “special place and special definition” of marriage.

However, the Australian Greens – whose support is vital to the minority Labor Government, and who will hold nine Senate seats after 1 July 2011 – are pushing for so-called ‘marriage equality’. The Greens have already re-introduced into the Senate the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010, a repetition of a piece of proposed legislation that Senator Sarah Hanson-Young had first introduced on 24 June 2009 to remove the words “a man and a woman” from the definition of marriage. In 2009, this piece of proposed legislation was referred to a Senate Committee which, after public consultation, reported back to the Senate that the Marriage Act 1961 ought to remain unchanged. The Greens, though, continue to pressure for change, and with their increased influence in the Federal parliament, there is a possibility that the ‘marriage equality’ proposals might succeed.

We need to be very concerned about this matter! We must not think that it is a minor side issue that will not affect the majority of us in society! We must not take a ‘live-and-let-live’ approach to this matter, thinking that life will just go on as normal for the majority of us if that small minority [only 0.46% of all couples in Australia were same-sex couples, according to the 2001 census] manage to achieve ‘marriage equality’. In those countries where same-sex ‘marriage’ has been made legal, the majority of same-sex couples do not actually formalise their relationships in ‘marriage’ anyway. This issue is not really about ‘marriage equality’! It is really about the full normalisation of the same-sex lifestyle, so that school curricula, libraries (both school and public), courts, businesses, and even churches could be forced to teach, present, and accept the same-sex way of life as entirely normal and in no way different from the heterosexual lifestyle. And if the same-sex lifestyle is entirely normal, anyone who expresses any disagreement – such as not wanting their children taught that ‘truth’ at school – could be accused of discrimination and abnormality.

Family Voice Australia is currently conducting a campaign featuring an “Open Letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Marriage in Australia”. FAVA’s Open Letter stresses that the one-man-one-woman marriage relationship provides the best environment in which to raise children, and urges the PM to remain true to her previously expressed views on the definition of marriage. This is a timely reminder to the PM, in light of a media report (in The Australian on 2 March 2011) suggesting that the PM is considering smoothing the way for the Greens’ proposed legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry. FAVA has received over 4,000 signatories to their Open Letter, and intends to present the Open Letters to the Prime Minister (as well as copies to every Federal politician) toward the end of March.

If you are reading this "Action Alert" prior to 18 March 2011, there is still time for you to sign FAVA's Open Letter. Just go to their website www.fava.org.au and download the Open Letter. Sign the document, and post it back to Family Voice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000 (or scan the signed document and email it to letter@fava.org.au). Your signed copy of the Open Letter will then be included in the batch presented to the PM (and copied to every Federal parliamentarian).

If you are reading this “Action Alert” after 18 March 2011, you will need to write to the PM directly, using some of the information in FAVA’s Open Letter.

Contact Julia Gillard, Prime Minister [PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600, or phone (02) 62777700, or email at the website http://pm.gov.au/PM_Connect/Email_your_PM].

It is absolutely vital that we defend the traditional concept of marriage. If our nation loses this concept now, future generations of Australians – our children and our grandchildren – will grow up in a society that is utterly confused about the nature of family, sexuality, and morality.

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Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?
Psalm 94:16

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This monthly release is prepared by Pastor Brian Robertson (P O Box 2367, Bundaberg, 4670) to inform Christian people about issues within our society.  “Action Alert” does not promote any one political party, but encourages its readers to be “salt and light” by speaking out on some of these matters.  The views expressed in “Action Alert” are those of the author and are not necessarily those of a local church or a denominational organisation.  To the extent permissible by law, no church or denomination accepts liability for anything contained in this publication and any use made of it.