N.S.W. Governmet announces same sex marriage inquiry – Speak Up Now!

Last year in response to a call from His Eminence, Archbishop Stylianos, thousands of Orthodox Christians voiced their support for the traditional definition of marriage. As a result of your action, and that of many other Australians, the Federal Parliament voted 2 to 1 to preserve the natural definition of marriage.  However same-sex marriage activists are now turning to state parliaments to legislate on a state-by-state basis. This year, the N.S.W. Parliament will consider a bill to redefine marriage. A cross-party group of MP’s has been formed to push for change.

Now a parliamentary inquiry has been established to look at the issue of same-sex marriage. The committee are asking for submissions from the public. It is disappointing that we now must defend marriage at a state level.

As such, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has established this website about the issue as a vehicle to help the faithful promulgate their voice. For this reason we urge you again to Speak Up for marriage. A change to the definition of marriage will erode the sacredness of marriage, the rights of children and the family as taught by the Christian faith and Greek Orthodox Tradition. His Eminence has previously released an encyclical on this matter, it can be viewed on our website.

You can make a difference by forwarding the letter we have prepared for you to the committee today or by lodging a submission via the form provided on the Parliamentary website.

Submissions need to be made by close of business Friday, 1st March 2013.

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