Redefining marriage would abolish 'husband' and 'wife' from the Marriage Act
Later this year the Australian Parliament will consider a bill to redefine marriage.
This is just the latest in over a dozen attempts to redefine marriage in Australia in the last decade.
The bill is sponsored by a cross-party group of MPs.
However the consequences of redefining marriage are significant.
Removing husbands and wives from the Marriage Act
Redefining marriage means changing the Marriage Act to remove husbands and wives.
It will take something that has served as a bedrock institution of every human society and redefine it.
Where possible, as a society we should try to ensure that children are raised by their natural mother and father, and promote this.
Placing the commercial surrogacy ban in danger
It remains a fact of nature that two men cannot have a child on their own. In many cases, same-sex parenting involves complicated surrogacy arrangements and
the use of artificial reproductive technology.
Any couple can share love and commitment, but only a man and woman can create children together.
Redefining marriage would lead to increasing demands
for greater access to surrogacy and artificial reproductive technology. There would be increased pressure to remove Australia's ban on commercial surrogacy.
This at a time when an increasing number of countries, particularly in Asia, are banning commercial surrogacy.
Changing the Marriage Act will divide Australians
Australia is a modern, diverse multicultural society. There will always be millions of Australians who for religious and cultural reasons will never accept
a redefinition of marriage. In other countries where marriage has been redefined, people who have held a conscientious objection to providing services to
the same-sex wedding industry have been punished by law.
Redefining marriage won't increase equality
In 2008 the Australian Parliament amended over 80 pieces of legislation against same-sex couples. There is no longer any discrimination against same-sex
couples in Commonwealth law. Redefining marriage will not make same-sex relationships any more equal.
Your voice is needed to help preserve marriage for future generations
The only way we can preserve the natural, timeless and sustainable definition of marriage is for people to speak up.
Sign the petition below to the Australian Senate to let our politicians know that this important bedrock institution of Australian society should not be redefined.
Sign the Petition to the Senate
To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:
The petition of the undersigned recognizes that marriage is a bedrock institution of Australian society.
Marriage is defined in the Marriage Act 1961 as "the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life."
It provides the best, most secure environment for raising and nurturing society's next generation.
Redefining marriage would redefine family. By definition, same-sex parenting means removing a child from either their mum or dad.
Redefining marriage is a divisive issue. There will always be millions of Australians who for religious and cultural reasons will not accept a redefinition of marriage.
Your petitioners ask that the Senate preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman, voluntarily entered into for life.
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