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Majority of Australians vote yes in national same-sex marriage survey

AUSTRALIANS have voted in support of legalising same-sex marriage following the results of a national survey. The result came to 61.6 per cent voting ‘Yes’ and 38.4 per cent voting ‘No’. A total of 133 out of 150 electorates recorded a majority ‘Yes’ result while only 17 voted ‘No’. The national survey returned 7.8 million responses in support of same ... Read More »

Informed conscience key for last minute voters still deciding yes or no to same-sex marriage

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AS the same-sex marriage postal survey approaches a final deadline, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said yet-to-decide Catholics should vote with a “well formed and informed” conscience. “That means knowing what the Church teaches on marriage and why, understanding the relationship between the Church’s view of marriage and the secular law, and sifting some of the very slippery language that has ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage supporters show their ugly side outside Brisbane Catholic church

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EYEWITNESSES have described “an angry chanting crowd” of protesters outside a Brisbane Catholic church hours after the High Court agreed to allow the same-sex marriage postal vote to go ahead on September 7. Dozens of same-sex marriage supporters chanted, blocked the driveway entrance and spilled into the car park of St Michael’s Church, Dorrington as they awaited people arriving for ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan: Part II

IN the previous edition of The Catholic Leader, I urged Catholics firstly to engage in the marriage debate with truth and love, and secondly to understand that we are not debating equality or love, we are debating whether the definition of marriage should change. It is necessary to point out that there are many kinds of loving relationships. I have ... Read More »

Sydney ethicist says same-sex marriage campaign ignores a child’s right to a mother and father

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LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville is familiar with the jibes and attacks that accompany a national debate about same-sex marriage. About 15 years ago, the now Sydney-based Notre Dame University professor of bioethics lived through heated ideological battles as Canada edged towards same-sex marriage laws. Canada progressively introduced legislation in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before legally ... Read More »

Pyne’s same-sex prediction at odds with Liberal policy and traditional marriage voters

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IT is supposed to be the long, winter break for our federal politicians, but Government frontbencher Christopher Pyne’s leaked foray into the same-sex marriage debate fuelled a factional boilover within his own party, and heated rebuke from advocates for traditional marriage. Mr Pyne was caught on tape predicting same-sex marriage could be legalised “sooner than everyone thinks” as he addressed ... Read More »

Author disappointed that mainstream media ignored his book contributing to same-sex marriage debate

Dr David van Gend

THE Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr David van Gend, admits he stepped on a roller-coaster promoting his new book on the same-sex marriage debate. In the last few weeks, a commercial printer refused to print his book, and when an alternative printer was found, his book launch tour to all state capitals was ignored by mainstream media ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage: Traditional marriage supporters in Australia respond to Labor’s rejection of a plebiscite

Sophie York

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election commitment to hold a same-sex marriage plebiscite has failed, however the issue remains volatile. In dramatic events last Tuesday, Labor senators and MPs formally rejected Federal Government legislation for a people’s vote, but then ramped up calls for a parliamentary vote. It meant that Labor, by teaming up with the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team ... Read More »

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