|Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:06|
There are currently three bills in the federal parliament which all promote same-sex 'marriage'. One is in the Senate and two are in the House of Representatives.
Committees held Inquiries into these Bills - and Reports were tabled in June 2012. Both Inquiries received a record number of submissions.
We support marriage as being only between a man and a woman. Thus we oppose all of these Bills which seek to legalise 'marriage' between two men or between two women. In our responses we need to politely state our position and give some reasons WHY we believe that marriage in Australia should remain ONLY between a man and a woman -to the exclusion of all others and voluntarily entered into for life. In addition, we need to tell MPs that we don't support ANY form of registration of same-sex 'relationships'. Around the world this has been a stepping stone to the granting of 'marriage'.
It is vital that we respond - please ACT NOW!
ACTION: Now is the time to contact your MPs and Senators.
Click here for details of MPs and Senators - write them a brief, polite letter asking them to vote against same-sex 'marriage'.
It is expected that the Bills could be debated when the Parliament returns from the winter recess - in early August 2012.
The Bills before the federal Parliament
Read the final REPORT - click here.
ACT NOW - click here to find out how about the Inquiry - and read submissions, transcripts of public hearings and the final Report..
House of Representatives
The first is a private member's Bill which has been put by Stephen Jones, an ALP MP. It is called the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.
This is not an official Labor government bill - all Labor MPs will have a conscience vote (following a decision made at the National ALP Conference in December 2011 to support same-sex 'marriage' and give a conscience vote to MPs).
The second Bill has been jointly sponsored by Greens MP Adam Bandt and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie. It is called the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012.
Both of these Bills were introduced into the House of Representatives on 13 February 2012.
The House sent the Bills for an Inquiry by the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.
The Committee asked for public input - it took the form of a short 'online survey'.
There were five questions - there was an opportunity to make a comment but this was limited to 250 words - because of the high number of submissions expected. The survey closed on 20 April 2012.
A public hearing was held in Sydney on 13 April 2012.
PLEASE ACT NOW - click here to read about the Inquiry on the Committee's website.
Then please contact your MPs about this issue. Ask them to preserve the definition of marriage as being between "one man and one woman voluntarily entered into for life".
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