UK Parliament Passes Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Laws.

On Feb 6, 2013 the House of Commons pased a bill to allow homosexual ‘marriage’. For report on this by the 7.30 Report click here.

The Australian Christian Lobby warns that this demonstrates the need to be vigilant in Australia.

Action: The ACL asks people to contact Tony Abbott to ensure that he mains party discipline on this issue. 

Abbott contact details: 

  • Phone: (02) 6277 4022
  • Email: click here    
  • Twitter: @TonyAbbottMHR

For more from ACL click here. and here.

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POSTED 8 Feb 2013
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Abbott’s Abortion Views

Federal opposition leader Tony Abbott announced in December that he supports in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and never sought to restrict abortions as health minister. In an article in News Limited Newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Mr Abbott said he never had sought to restrict the morning-after-pill or sought to prevent the importation of RU486-the abortion drug. He said abortion should be legal and safe. 

Read the article on Abbott’s comments in The Record (IVF and abortion to stay under Abbott, 14 Jan 2013)

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POSTED 19 Jan 2013
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Marriage Bill defeated

The first federal vote to change the Marriage Act was defeated on Sept 19, 2012 in the House of Representatives 98 votes to 42 votes. Those who voted in favour of same-sex marriage included the member for Brand, Gary Gray and member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke. For full voting list click here.

CultureWatch’s Bill Muehlenberg writes in response to the win. Click here for his article.

Action: Saltshakers asks that people write to Senator Cory Bernardi, who has been outspoken in this oppositition to same sex marriage and has been the target of intimidation and attacks. Saltshakers says the pressure led to Senator Bernardi resigning as parliamentary secretary. Saltshakers asks that you offer your support to him for his comments. Email senator.bernardi@aph.gov.au or go to his contact page.

Saltshakers also asks that you write to Tony Abbott asking him to reinstate Cori Bernardi and to stand for truth and not compromise. tony.abbott.mp@aph.gov.au

 

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Marriage Bills

Lachlan Dunjey from Choose Life Australia explains why marriage is so important in a new article ‘Why the battle for marriage is so significant’

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” 

The closing date for public responses was 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. 

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 2 May 2012 24,741 had used this service.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Marriage Bills

Lachlan Dunjey from Choose Life Australia explains why marriage is so important in a new article ‘Why the battle for marriage is so significant’

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” 

The closing date for public responses was 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. 

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 2 May 2012 24,741 had used this service.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Marriage Bills

Last Chance: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people”

The closing date for public responses is 5PM EST 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee and the Australian Marriage Forum is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

As at April 19 almost 58% were in favour of changing the definition of marriage.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to inform their local Federal MP and the leader of the Liberal and Labor parties of the recent European Court decision

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 19 April 2012 24,740 had used this service.

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POSTED 20 Apr 2012
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Marriage Bills

The European Court of Human Rights judges stated that:

  • Same-sex marriages are not a human right
  • That if same-sex couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.

Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch has published an article March 24 on: Why the Demand for Homosexual Marriage? where he explains what is driving those that want to introduce homosexual marriage.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” Mr Bandt is said to have sent his bill to the committee in order to give lobbyists more time to convince the Coalition to alllow its members a conscience vote (Milanda Rout, The Australian, Go Slow on Same-Sex Marriage, Greens MP Adam Bandt warns Labor, Feb 28, 2012.) It is thought that a conscience vote would mean that the amendments would pass parliament.  The closing date for public responses is 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012.

Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

Submissions should be received by 2 April 2012. The reporting date for the inquiry is 25 May 2012.

Submissions can be sent to: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

or:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

T: 02 6277 5794 F: 02 6277 5794

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010

On 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

Submissions should be received by 2 April 2012. The reporting date for the inquiry is 25 May 2012.

Submissions can be sent to: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Marriage action

The Australian Marriage Forum is asking people to write to the coalition MPs and opposition leader Tony Abbott encouraging them not to allow a conscience vote on homosexual marriage. Cathnews reports (Feb 12) that Liberal backbenchers will be free to support homosexual marriage. Four homosexual bills are being considered by the Federal Parliament.

For Cathnews story click here and here

For more from the Australian Marriage Forum click here.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to take action as soon as possible to write a personal letter or email to their MP and also a bulk email to all house of representatives. Saltshakers says the letter should tell them that you do not want them to accept any legal recognition of same-sex relationships including any form of registration as they all mimic and undermine marriage.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Marriage Defence Campaign

The Labor Party has voted to change its policy to allow homosexual marriage at its national annual conference held in Sydney in early December 2011. Tony Abbott has said that the Liberal Party members will not be give a conscience vote and they will stick to their election commitment to not allow for homosexual marriage.

Abbott’s position is covered in the Australian or Here.

For Bill Muehlenberg’s position: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2011/12/10/but-we-told-you-so/

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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