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The same-sex 'marriage' debate is NOW underway in the federal parliament.
For more info on the three Bills, see our Campaign Page.
Debate on the private member's bill put forward by ALP MP Stephen Jones resumed last night (Monday, 20 August) in the House of Representatives. The Bill is called the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.
This webpage gives an overview of the Bill and relevant dates. The Bill was introduced and had its second reading on 2 February before being sent off to a Committee. Now the second reading debate has resumed. Last night five more MPs spoke on the Bill - 2 in favour and three against. Read Hansard debate - pages 124 to 128 - click here.
It is not clear when a vote will be held.
PLEASE contact your OWN federal MP - and ask them to vote AGAINST the Bill. Tell them you are in their electorate when you write - and include your full name and address.
Click here for MP contact details.
If you don't know the name of your MP, go to this AEC page.
The same-sex 'marriage' Bill put up by Greens' Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is expected to be debated on Thursday this week (23 August) during 'private member's time'.
The Bill is the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010.
Please contact your 12 State senators (2 in ACT and NT).
Please ask your Senators to vote against this Bill.
Contact details for Senators - click here then click on your 'state' on the map of Australia.
The federal parliament has resumed after the winter break - the parliament will SOON be considering the three bills that aim to legalise same-sex 'marriage'. [More info on our Campaign page.]
It's time to be contacting your federal MP and Senators in earnest! See the ACTION section for details.
Today is the National Marriage Day rally in Canberra - marking the inclusion of the definition of marriage as the union of 'a man and a woman voluntarily entered into for life'! [Info here.]
* If you aren't attending the rally, please pray for those speaking and pray that politicians will hear the message.
VIDEO: The slippery slope...
We've often talked about the slippery slope - and there is definitely a 'slippery slope' regarding marriage and the legalisation of same-sex 'marriage' around the world. Peter and I have prepared a short video on the 'slippery slope':
ACTION: NOW please contact your federal MP and your 12 State Senators. Ask them to vote AGAINST same-sex 'marriage'. Info and contact details - click here.
Tasmania's Labor Premier Lara Giddings is planning to push a raft of immoral legislation in the coming months.
Over the weekend, she said she will support same-sex 'marriage' in Tasmania if the federal Marriage Actis not altered to allow homosexuals to 'marry'. The Tasmanian Labor conference has just voted to support same-sex 'marriage' in Tasmania. Lara Giddings said she planned to introduce legislation before the end of the year and claims it will be 'legal'.
Read media report. Read media report. Another media report. Read Premier's media release.
Of course, Tasmania was the first state to have a 'relationship register' - but that isn't enough for the homosexual activists - they want full 'equality'!
Earlier this year Lara Giddings announced that she would support legislation to allow euthanasia in Tasmania. A Discussion Paper on the issue is expected to be released soon.
Then there are her plans to liberalise morality laws on prostitution, surrogacy, abortion and more.
It was all spelt out in her speech.
None of this is a surprise - for two reasons. . .
First - Lara Giddings is a member of EMILY's List, the Labor group that is pro-abortion and more. We knew she supported some of these causes long before she became Premier in January 2011. In 2010, whilst Attorney General, Giddings spoke about her reform agenda (media release).
Second - the Tasmanian Labor Party is in a 'coalition government' with the Greens, and Greens leader Nick McKim is pushing all of these things too!
One commentator wrote in The Australian, "Such is Lara Giddings's desperation - with Labor languishing at 23 per cent in the polls, the same level as its power-sharing partners, the Greens - that one social reform was not enough. Gay marriage was joined by a veritable social activist's shopping list." He noted, "There was an apology for victims of forced adoption; there were laws to allow gay couples to adopt, laws for surrogacy and voluntary euthanasia; reform to prostitution and abortion laws, and Aboriginal land handbacks."
He suggested that the Premier was reaching for the 'social reform' agenda because the government wanted to divert attention from the polls and the faltering economy of the state!
US company Chick-fil-A sells fried chicken. In recent times they have been subject to protests from homosexual activists because the President of the company, Dan Cathy, is a committed Christian who attends a Baptist church and supports Biblical values.
Last year homosexuals protested when he donated food to a seminar on 'traditional marriage'.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy recently did an interview with Biblical Recorder that was re-posted by Baptist Press where he made comments supporting marriage - he said, "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
He didn't even mention homosexuality - but the homosexual activists were still upset and organised protests and threatened a boycott. Defend Christians reported that some political leaders also protested about his comments: "Chicago mayor, and former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, Rahm Emanuel, has pledged to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant within the city. Boston’s mayor also joined the fight against Chick-fil-A."
In response, a 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation day' was organisedfor yesterday, 1 August by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. People signed up to support Chick-fil-A - and many restaurants had LONG queues of people waiting to be served! More than 650,000 people signed up to say they would support Chick-fil-A!
Check out the I Support Chick-fil-A website.
Take a look at the photos of queues of people - and cars... here and in media report below.
Visit the Cathy family website and be inspired!
With the Olympics in full swing, we're hearing a lot about sport.... the emphasis seems to be on 'winning'. What happened to the nobility of competing and representing one's country?
Perhaps too much pressure is placed on athletes to 'perform'. We always need to remember there are around 10,000 athletes from 200 countries - all of whom want to win a medal! It was good to hear Leisel Jones' comments - after not getting a medal - that she as an older swimmer was making way for the 'younger guard'!
Then there is the commercialisation- with major sponsors paying $100 million for the privilege of being a sponsor!
Then there is the politics.
That's the question asked on Q & A last night (click here for program).
"Should athletes make political statements?"
After watching the program, it seemed like the audience and panel thought that was a good thing - the issues mentioned were support for same-sex 'marriage', belief in 'climate change', opposition to 'homophobia', and environmentalism (eg, the UN's Agenda 21, which the Olympic movement adopted in 1992 - source).
It left me wondering - I wonder if they would have been so enthusiastic if a particular athlete was speaking out opposing same-sex 'marriage', not supporting the global warming cause and opposing Agenda 21? I suspect not!