‘No’ voters face public condemnation

I sense there is a feeling out there, that people are apprehensive of commenting on the same-sex marriage debate, as they do not want to lose friends, be labelled as homophobic, or be publicly condemned. 

Just because you are opposed to same-sex marriage it does not mean you are a hateful person.

I will be voting “no” in the upcoming postal vote on same-sex marriage. I believe a “yes” vote will change the fundamental definition of what marriage is. 

Marriage, over a long period of time in many cultures has been about a man and women committing to each other and has been seen as the ideal option for raising children. 

There is a real concern about the consequences for free speech and freedom of religion. 

Just last week we saw a petition against a doctor who appeared in an advertisement on the “no” side. 

Because she expressed her opinion, some thought she should no longer be practicing as a doctor.

Tasmanian Archbishop Julian Porteous was taken to the anti-

discrimination panel for distributing Christian teaching on marriage. 

Some have described the same-sex marriage debate as “marriage equality”. 

Even if the same-sex couples can marry, it will not be marriage equality. 

There will remain many exemptions to people getting married to each other. Young people, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons, three-person marriage and so on. 

Keeping the marriage act as it is will protect the weakening of marriage as we know it.

I write in my own name and do not claim to represent anybody else although I have a feeling there are many who will hold a similar view.

We need to realise on both sides it is possible to disagree with each other without hating. 

Reverend Canon Dale Barclay, 

Anglican Parish of Sunraysia South

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