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The issue of same-sex 'marriage' is heating up. With the ALP National Conference being held on 2-4 December, all sides are gearing up for the battle as the Conference considers this issue.
The ALP Platform currently affirms "Labor's commitment to maintaining the definition of marriage as currently set out in the Marriage Act."
But, of course, that can be CHANGED - and that's why the pressure is on now.
In an effort to avoid a vote at the Conference, last month PM Julia Gillard said she would support a 'conscience vote' for Labor MPs in the parliament.
But the left faction don't want that - they want full support for same-sex 'marriage'.
ACT NOW . . . here are 4 things you can do...
1. VOTE on the Herald Sun vote poll NOW
Click here to vote NO!:
Question: Should same-sex marriage be allowed in Australia?
The poll is in an article titled 'Julia Gillard under attack from Greens on same-sex marriage stance.'
Current vote is: Yes 43.41% (979 votes) - No 56.59% (1276 votes) Total votes: 2255
2. Sign a petition against same-sex 'marriage'
A new group called Australian Marriage Forum (formed by the Australian Family Association and the Australian Christian Lobby) is campaigning against same-sex 'marriage'.
They are running a petition and ask everyone to sign it...
They currently have 40,000 signatures but are aiming for 100,000 signatures.
SIGN IT NOW - Click here.
They also have a page outlining more action - contacting MPs etc - click here.
3. Attend a RALLY in Sydney
The National Marriage Coalition is organising a RALLY - called 'Stand 4 Marriage' - in Sydney on the weekend of the ALP National Conference. Be there if you can!
Sat 3 December - In Martin Place, Sydney - 10 am to 12 noon.
Click here for full details. . .
Includes video and flier.
4. Contact Labor MPs
Yes, all Labor MPs need to know your position in opposing same-sex 'marriage'...
Click herefor our MP Contact pages - for federal and state MPs.
Let your friends know - and encourage them to take action too!
Did you see the film Fireproof?
The team which made Fireproof has now produced a new film called Courageous, which features Christian principles. The film features four firefighters...
"When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives."
The film is NOW showing in some Hoyts and Reading cinemas in Australia - THIS WEEK.
The film started screening last Saturday (10 Nov).
See list of cinemas on the film's Australian website.
SCROLL down (or click here) to get other one-off screening venues and times -
The listed screenings are being organised by local groups and churches... from 28 Nov to 5 December.
including various BCC cinemas (Queensland), Warwick Twin Cinemas, Village Hobart Eastlands, Temora's Town Hall Theatre etc...
Details of how to book tickets are given.
If the film isn't scheduled for your town, check out the Action Squad page which suggests ways you can organise a screening....
Rob Lamont, from Ministry Blue, has put out an email about the film screening this week at Hoyts...
"For one week only from 10th November at select Hoyts cinemasincluding Woden, Broadway, Blacktown, Penrith, Erina, Warrawong, Chadstone, Northland, Forest Hill, Tea Tree Plaza, Stafford & Sunnybank.
COURAGEOUS is a Christian drama film produced by Sherwood Baptist Church. The film was produced with a budget of $2 million but on its opening weekend it grossed $2 million in pre-sales alone and grossed $9.1 million total for the weekend. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics, but a rare A+ CinemaScore rating from filmgoers.
BOOKING: Hoyts are pleased to offer a special rate for Group Bookings of 20 or more at $12.50 per person. Private screening opportunities for groups of 80+ are also available.
PLEASE CONTACT HOYTS ON 136 138 TO MAKE A BOOKING OR ENQUIRY
For more info or to view the trailer, photos, videos of production and more, visit the film website www.courageousthemovie.com.au/
The WA government is proceeding with plans to legalise brothels in Western Australia.
If you live in WA, it is urgent that you contact your MP to ask them to vote AGAINST this proposed legislation.
Prior to the last election, the then Labor government had promised to legalise prostitution, but the Liberals had opposed the move. Now the Liberal government is introducing their own legislation to legalise brothels. If the legislation is passed, the brothels will be legal in 'non-residential' areas and prostitutes (or 'sex workers') will have to register.
A few days ago, the government offered a couple of amendments - to establish a fund to help people leave prostitution if they want to, and also to only require those working on their own to register as 'sex workers' (not those working in brothels). (Source)
These are totally inadequate. Prostitution and brothels should not be legalised - they exploit both women and men.
Legalising prostitution does not control it - in Victoria, there were about 50 illegal brothels prior to legalisation in 1994 - a few years back when we did the comparison, there were about 100 legal ones, and somewhere between 100 and 400 illegal ones (depends who is doing the counting)! There were also 1,500 registered 'sex workers'. Read our article - click here.
There is still crime and corruption - one of the claims was that this would be 'cleaned up' if prostitution was legalised. Recently an ABC Four Corners report said that there was 'sex slavery' occurring in brothels in Melbourne and Sydney.
If you live in WA, please act NOW - contact your MP - ask them to vote against the Prostitution Bill.
Read a media report - click here.
Click here for our Campaign page on this Bill.
Congratulations to two Liberal MPs are planning to vote against the Bill - Peter Abetz and Graham Jacobs.
We want more Liberals to oppose this Bill.
Independent MP Dr Janet Woollard has been opposing the Bill but one report now reports her as saying there aren't the numbers (in parliament) to close down the brothels so she may support the Bill if the government works to reduce the number of prostitutes. (Source)
UPDATE: 15 November - The WA Parliament didn't debate the Bill last week - the next possible time it could be considered is in the next sitting session from 22 November 2011.
However, the government may choose not to have the Bill debated this year and it could be put off until 2012. This could be influenced by the fact that many MPs are asking questions and are 'undecided' about the Bill.
If you live in WA, please keep contacting your MPs - and ask them to oppose this Bill.
In Britain, a man who works for a housing association (and has done for 18 years), has been demoted and had his salary greatly reduced (by 40%) as a consequence of making statements about same-sex 'marriage'.
In particular, Adrian Smith said, on his private Facebook page, in his own time, that he felt the churches shouldn't be forced to preform same-sex 'marriages'. He didn't even totally oppose homosexual 'marriage' in his comments - he said "If the state wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex then that is up to the state; but the state shouldn't impose its rules on places of faith and conscience."
A colleague complained about his comments to the housing association’s ‘equality and diversity’ head - and Adrian was subsequently demoted and penalised!
Adrian Smith is being supported by Mike Judge of the Christian Institute.
The Mail comments on the increasing number of such cases: "The treatment of Mr Smith is set to produce another legal battle over the right of Christians to express their views. It follows a string of cases in which Christians have been denied the right to profess their faith publicly or act in accordance with their religious views. Four cases are waiting to come before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg."
Read report in the Daily Mail: Christian faces losing home for opposing gay weddings in churches, Daily Mail, 23/10/2011.
Read reports at the Christian Institute - click here.
It is getting to the stage that even politely expressing one's views on such matters can result in formal complaints - and consequences...!
Interestingly, the Mail reports "In the past even gay rights leaders have acknowledged that people have a right to disagree with their cause. In 2009, when the Labour government introduced harassment laws that made it a serious crime to abuse gay people, Ben Summerskill, chief of pressure group Stonewall, said criticism of gay rights was perfectly acceptable so long as it was 'temperate' and 'polite'.
Homosexual activist Peter Tatchell has since said that "Trafford Housing Trust was being "excessive and disproportionate" in demoting Adrian Smith". (source)
He said, "His opposition to religious organisations being forced to conduct same-sex marriages is shared by the Prime Minister and the Equality Minister, the gay rights group Stonewall and the entire leadership of the Church of England. If Mr Smith is guilty, then they are all guilty. Mr Smith voiced his opinion in a calm, non-abusive manner. He was not threatening or intimidating." (Tatchell statement) Peter Tatchell called for the decision by the housing group, to demote Mr Smith and reduce his salary, to be revoked.
The abortion clinic in Croydon, Victoria (the same one where many women were recently infected with hepatitis), is again in the news.
And for all the wrong reasons.
The abortion clinic is now run by Marie Stopes International, one of the largest abortion providers in Australia.
A woman who had a late-term abortion (23 weeks) at the Clinic, six weeks ago, told her story on the front page of The Age on Sunday.
The article reports "Dr Schulberg had aborted Ms Sem's 23-week-old foetus, without anaesthetic, even though she was dangerously ill, unconscious and had no family present."
The woman ended up in intensive care at a local hospital, with multiple organ failure.
The woman came from Cambodia 20 years ago and speaks little English. She was single and unemployed and already had four children, so she decided to have an abortion.
The Clinic gave her drugs to take at home three days prior to the abortion. The day before the abortion, she had an appointment at the clinic - and was already very ill. By the time of the appointment the following day, she was seriously ill - with possible liver failure.
Her family thought of phoning an ambulance - but they phoned the clinic - the receptionist encouraged them to bring her to the clinic by taxi.
The abortionist went ahead with the abortion - despite her serious ill health.
Shortly afterward, the clinic called an ambulance to take her to hospital. Her patient notes show she was near death.
She is fortunate to be alive - her family call it a 'miracle'.
And our society calls this 'health care'?
Read the article: Woman tells of late abortion horror, Sunday Age, 23/10/2011.
Read Life Network Australia's commentary: Mother survives brush with death after late term abortion - Melbourne
We need protection for woman and babies who are in this situation - we call on the Victorian government to provide this and repeal the Abortion Law Reform Act.
Meanwhile, yesterday, the Baillieu government announced that it is is about to introduce tough new laws for protection of puppies and cats!
Why why they provide the same for women?
Read Life Network Australia's commentary: Vic Premier Ted Baillieu ignores plight of viable babies
Sonja encourages us to act:
Please email the Sunday Herald Sun and Premier Ted Baillieu and express your disgust that the protection being afforded to puppies and cats is not extended to the babies of Victoria: