Australia: How big media (do not) promote debate on gay marriage

Aug 10, 2015 by

By Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: Australian politicians returning to the federal parliament today were met with conflicting messages about marriage. Thousands of flowers covered the forecourt of Parliament House as a thank-you to the MPs opposing a push to legalise same-sex marriage. But already as they flew in to Canberra this morning the MPs found the terminal building lit up in rainbow colours and a giant #WeCanDoThis campaign sign out the front. A bill supporting gay marriage and sponsored by members of the federal coalition and Labor is due to be introduced in parliament on Tuesday. Australia is the holdout against ssm in Anglo world and Prime Minister Tony Abbott is personally against legalisation. In a repeat of recent scenes in Ireland gay rights supporters were out in force over the weekend, and part of Sydney’s main street was closed on Sunday to allow a large crowd rallied by a group calling itself Community Action Against Homophobia to march though. But on Friday the newly formed Marriage Alliance heard that their television ad on the meaning of marriage had been rejected by two major television channels (Channel 7 and Channel 10). It is very difficult to raise a civil debate about the meaning of marriage when even paid TV ads — of the most restrained nature — are being blocked by broadcasters, says alliance member Australian Family Association (AFA). The flower power approach to MPs was an effort to keep the debate civil, said a spokesman for the Christian Federation that arranged the gesture. A tough call in the face of man-woman marriage supporters being labelled homophobic. Read here...

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More Evidence that Americans Reject Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Aug 8, 2015 by

by Brian Brown, NOM: A new national poll, this one conducted by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell, becomes the fourth to show that the American people are rejecting the ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case, which redefined marriage for every state in the nation. Specifically, the poll looked at religious liberty issues in the fallout of the Supreme Court ruling. Caddell found: 71% of Americans believe that religious liberty can be protected while also protecting gay couples from discrimination. 68% of Americans are opposed to forcing an individual or business to participate in something such as a same-sex ceremony against their wishes. 79% of Americans disagree with the idea that the federal government should be able to determine legitimate religious beliefs. 82% of Americans say that a wedding photographer who has deeply-held religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’ should be able to say NO to a same-sex couple who demands he or she photograph the ceremony. When forced to choose between protecting religious liberties and the rights of gay couples, four times as many (31% of Americans) say they would protect religious liberty as those (8% of Americans) who would protect gay rights. 53% of Americans told Caddell they believe that the federal government should never have the ability to restrict the conversations, counseling and prayer of military chaplains, while only 19% say the government should be able to somewhat or to a great extent restrict military chaplains regarding the counseling, conversations or prayer they provide. Read here...

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Prime Minister awarded DMU’s highest honour in recognition of his fight for equal marriage

Aug 7, 2015 by

From De Montford University, Leicester: The Prime Minister has been made a Companion of the University for his efforts to introduce the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act which came into effect in March 2014. The law allows same sex couples to marry and for civil partners to convert their partnership into a marriage – allowing gay couples to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual friends and family. The Prime Minister, who famously said “when people’s love is divided by law that law needs to change” faced intense opposition in his determination to champion this cause. But he stayed true to his belief that marriage was a right which should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of sexuality. His determination saw the bill become law enabling gay couples in England and Wales to marry. It is thought to be the first time a sitting Prime Minister has been given a university honour through a ceremony at Downing Street itself. DMU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard and Mr Mike Kapur, DMU Pro Chancellor, presented the Prime Minister with the accolade at a special ceremony at Number 10 Downing Street this morning at 11am (Thursday 6 August). Read the citation for the Prime Minister here The Prime Minister said: “I am honoured to have been recognised by De Montfort University in this way. “I have long believed in marriage as the bedrock of society and I am proud that in Britain whether you are straight or gay the State will recognise your relationship as equal. Together we should be proud to live in a country judged to be the best place in Europe if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. Read here...

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Since when did opposing gay marriage make you an extremist?

Aug 7, 2015 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: You know, when gay marriage legislation was going through parliament and Christian campaigners were warning about the possibility that those with a conscientious objection to gay marriage would find themselves at a disadvantage in public life – especially teachers – I honestly thought that it would take some time to happen. You might have some nutty secularist calling out a teacher who stubbornly refused to teach the parity of gay and straight marriage to children, but outside the Liberal Democrats, I couldn’t really see persecution ahead, other than for marriage registrars who would, unfortunately, just have to lump their conscientious difficulties with marrying same-sex couples. Well, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. For Mr Mark Spencer, Tory MP for Sherwood, Notts, Robin Hood territory, has just emerged from complete obscurity to suggest that teachers who use their position to teach children that gay marriage is ‘wrong’ should be subject to Extremism Disruption Orders. These anti-terror measures are the kind of thing most of us were automatically probably rather in favour of, on the grounds that they are designed to deal with the sort of people who run off to Syria to join Isis, and we don’t lose sleep over them. Well, seems like I should. Because the orders gun for those who oppose ‘British values’. And it turns out that one of those values is – surprise! – a commitment to undifferentiated equality between gay and straight relationships including marriage. Read here Read also:  Why does a Christian who opposes gay marriage face prosecution while radical Muslim preachers are allowed to rant against homosexuality? by Richard Littlejohn,...

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David Becomes Goliath after Obergefell

Aug 6, 2015 by

by Joe Bissonnette, Crisis Magazine: Everyone loves a winner, or at least fears the taint of a loser, and so post-Obergefell v. Hodges, popular support for same-sex “marriage” is already moving from a court imposed edict to majority popular support. But like slavery after Dred Scott v. Sandford, or abortion after Roe v. Wade, a bad decision from SCOTUS does not mean the issue is settled. In fact, there is a self-correcting tendency within all free and decent people, irresistibly drawn toward the true north of natural law. People long for the truth and sooner or later the lie is exposed. The question for us is what will our role be in helping bring about the Kingdom of God on this issue? We enjoy our peaceful, prosperous lives, and we’d like to continue on unmolested, and so we hope things will just take care of themselves. But we all know in our guts that the holiday from history has come to an end.  The fight has arrived. SSM made spectacular gains in the court of public opinion because couples seeking SSM were people with faces, while defenders of traditional marriage were at best the faceless voice of reason making an abstract argument.  We lost. That phase is over. Now there can be an inversion in the cast of characters. Among unchurched millennials most would be roughly familiar with the biblical account of David and Goliath. It is the ultimate example of audacity, innovation and heroism, catapulting David from obscurity to fame. All of these themes resonate deeply with Americans, and these were the core themes employed in the construction of the pro SSM narrative. Now that SSM is the law, LGBTQ culture will try to maintain the image of the brave David facing the giant Goliath. They will run for as long as they can on stories of oppression and the little guy taking on the system, but these stories will become less convincing as people feel more and more constricted by the new pro LGBTQ orthodoxy. Already a strong counter-narrative is emerging in which traditionalists have faces, are oppressed and are the new David to the LGBTQ Goliath. In fact, the transition is inevitable, and is found within the original story. Read here...

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Gay Marriage

Aug 5, 2015 by

From AskTheBigot.com: My mother and her partner have been together since I was 10, soon after my parent’s divorce. Since that time much of my life was spent in their home, surrounded by their community of women. They were deeply involved in my childhood and adolescence, and I have fond memories of them attending my concerts, sporting events, plays, graduation, bridal showers, wedding, baby showers and holiday gatherings. They continue to be a loving and supportive fixture in my family. None the less, I oppose gay marriage. The foremost focus of my opposition to gay marriage is the rights and well-being of children. I want to be clear that my advocacy against gay marriage and for the rights of children will never include condemnation of my mother and her partner or details about their private lives. Unlike the gay lobby who often uses children as pawns to forward their cause, I will not be sharing specifics about my parents to advance my arguments. What you need to know about my parents and their partners/spouses, is that I love them. They are worthy of dignity, respect and privacy. Some adult children with gay parents shy away from making their thoughts about marriage public because we do not want to jeopardize our relationships with those to whom our hearts are tethered. Unfortunately, the gay lobby has made gay marriage the sole badge of loyalty to our gay family and friends. The label of bigot or hater have become very powerful and effective tools to silence those of us who choose not to endorse the marriage platform of the gay lobby. However, those tactics are no longer strong enough to keep me silent. Advocating for the rights of children, and how they relate to the institution of marriage, is not something that anyone should be timid about. As our country moves toward redefining marriage into a genderless institution, the primary question is: What is society’s interest in marriage? Why do we promote this relationship above others?  Is it to validate the emotional bonds of adults? Is it to stabilize partnerships? Is it an instrument with which to give a stamp of equality to our gay brothers and sisters? Adults can, and should, be able to form consensual relationships of their choosing. Barriers to a partner’s bedside in the hospital, shared property rights, and freedom to live the life they desire should never be imposed upon by government. That is why many of us supported civil unions for gays and lesbians.  If society’s concern in marriage is adults, then by all means we can redefine this institution which has spanned centuries, cultures and religions to suit that perception. Read here...

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