Greg Donnelly urges Christians to speak up and voice their opposition to same sex marriage inquiry in NSW.

LC Greg Donnelly has urged Christians to voice their opposition with an inquiry underway into same-sex marriage law in NSW.

Having failed to secure sufficient support for same-sex marriage in the Federal Parliament in September last year efforts by advocates and supporters are now being directed to state and territory legislatures.

The first cab off the rank was Tasmania. Legislation was introduced into the state parliament by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and The Greens MP Nick McKim in late August.

The bill passed the lower house, but was defeated in the upper house by just two votes.

In November five NSW MLAs and MLCs announced that they were sponsoring a cross-party working group to develop a same-sex marriage bill.

Members of the working group include Trevor Khan MLC (Nationals), Penny Sharpe MLC (Labor), Cate Faehrmann MLC (Greens), Bruce Notley-Smith MLA (Liberal) and Alex Greenwich MLA (Independent).

Notices of motion were given in the Legislative Council on 20 November for a debate on a same-sex marriage bill.

Following this announcement Premier Barry O’Farrell wrote to the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues with a term of reference requesting that the committee inquire into same-sex marriage law in NSW. The inquiry has formally commenced and is progressing.

“It is vitally important that the members of the Committee examining this important matter get a comprehensive and balanced set of views and opinions from across the state,” Mr Donnelly said.

“You should not assume that somebody else who shares your view about marriage will make a submission.

“Submissions to the inquiry do not have a minimum length. They can be lengthy and detailed or short and to the point.

“Expressing your views and opinions about marriage in a few sentences or paragraphs and submitting them is a concrete way that you can participate in the inquiry.

“I strongly encourage participation in the inquiry and the involvement of as many like-minded people as possible.”

Submissions need to be made by Friday, 1 March. The committee has also scheduled public hearings for 6 and 15 March at Parliament House.

Information about the inquiry, including the terms of reference, is available at the committee’s website, www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/samesexmarriage.

The options for making submissions include online submissions, email or by post. Written submissions are to be sent to: The Director, Standing Committee on Social Issues, Legislative Council, Parliament House Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000

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