Originally published in Australian Christian Lobby
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is concerned by a renewed push by Greens party activists to legalise polyamorous marriages.
“There is no doubt that a growing number of members of the Greens Party take its ‘marriage for all’ policy to mean exactly that,” said ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace.
The recent establishment of the Polyamory Action Lobby (PAL) – headed up by Greens activists Brigitte Garozzo, Timothy Scriven and Kieran Adair – should send a loud warning to parliamentarians, particularly in NSW and SA, of the consequences of redefining marriage, Mr Wallace said.
During last year’s same-sex marriage debate, ACL warned that same-sex marriage would inevitably lead to a push for polygamous or polyamorous ‘marriage equality’ in Australia.
“Once you cross the threshold of redefining marriage away from its natural meaning, you cannot in all honesty hope to stop further redefinition,” said Mr Wallace.
“You either keep marriage as nature defines it or lose it.”
Greens politicians and Labor supporters of same-sex marriage continue downplaying calls from even Greens officials such as ACT Greens convenor Simon Copeland and the poly community for ‘marriage equality’ to be extended beyond two people.
However, in May 2012 former High Court Justice Michael Kirby told a Senate inquiry that if same-sex marriage is passed, there could be further redefinitions in the future.
“The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the questions of equality for homosexual people,” Justice Kirby said.
“There may be in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament I suggest, is that you take matters step by step,” he said.
“The Greens’ tactic is always to try and legislate their radical social policies incrementally by fatigue, but it is obvious that the party’s high profile championing of the redefinition of marriage is not limited to same-sex marriage.” Mr Wallace said.
“We urge Australian legislators to take serious consideration of the consequences of redefining marriage and to question the logic and integrity of calls for so-called ‘marriage equality’.”
PAL has established an on-line petition calling on the Australian Parliament to provide marriage equality for poly relationships.
Mr Wallace said it was significant that Federal Court judge Justice Jane Jagot found last month that marriage between a man and a woman was not a breach of state sex discrimination legislation.
“There cannot be discrimination by reason of the sex of a person because in all cases, the treatment of the person of the opposite sex is the same,” she said in issuing a ruling against a gay man who was claiming discrimination.
“Hence, a man cannot enter into the state of marriage as defined with another man just as a woman cannot enter into the state of marriage with another woman as defined.”
Mr Wallace said: “The ruling made a nonsense of the slogan “marriage equality” because it showed that it is not discrimination to treat different things differently, and blows away the lie that there is any unreasonable discrimination in entitlement or treatment of same-sex couples.”