Marriage Equality - No Consequences? Think Again

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Marriage Equality - No Consequences? Think Again

In 2012 a number of Private Member’s Bills and a Greens Party Bill were presented to Federal Parliament and referred to a Senate committee for further public input. Many submissions were received from supporters from both sides of the debate.

MPs and Senators are under sustained pressure from well-funded groups like GetUp! and Australian Marriage Equality to “feel the love” and change the meaning of marriage to include same-sex couples.

The Australian Marriage Forum (AMF) is engaging the public in a more mature debate than the gay lobby’s adult-centred narcissism of “feeling the love”.  A debate on “equal love” misses the point if it does not also consider the ”equal love” a child needs and deserves from both a mother and a father. To normalise ‘marriage’ without a woman is to normalise ‘families’ without a mother – and that is the central offense of same-sex marriage.

The AMF affirms that Australians who live in same-sex relationships deserve all neighbourly respect - but that they do not have the right to redefine marriage for all.

The AMF thinks beyond the adult-centred arguments of "feeling the love" and think from the child’s perspective as well, considering the primal harm to children if there is validation of a model of marriage and family where a child is compelled to live without a mother or without a father.

A more mature debate requires an understanding of what marriage is - why it exists as an institution at all, and what exactly is the ‘public good’ achieved by preserving marriage as defined in Australian law: “The union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.

This forum re-explores the objective and time-honoured understanding of marriage, a universal structure built on the foundation of nature. It will examine the anthropological view of marriage as a social institution designed to reinforce the biological ‘given’ – helping bind a man to his mate for the sake of society, and above all for the sake of any child they might create. As the great 20th century anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss, summed up: marriage is “a social institution with a biological foundation”.

Legislation to support same-sex marriage will have enormous consequences for our children and our culture, and those at AMF want an open and honest debate on this – free of the intimidation that so many defenders of man-woman marriage have been subjected to in recent years.

The AMF Team will compile whatever information they find on this issue of Same Sex Marriage in Australia. They are students, professors, lawyers, doctors and hail from different belief systems than each other but share this common concern.

Australian Marriage Forum : http://australianmarriage.org/

Australian Marriage Forum video: http://vimeo.com/43572718