ALP National Conference Amendment On Legal Recognition To Homosexuals Undermine Marriage

The Festival of Light Australia, a national family values advocacy group, has condemned the policy adopted by the ALP National Conference to give nationwide legal status to homosexual, lesbian and de facto couple relationships, saying this recognition will 'undermine' existing laws that define marriage.

Published 01 May 2007  |  
The Festival of Light Australia, a national family values advocacy group, has condemned the policy adopted by the ALP National Conference to give nationwide legal status to homosexual, lesbian and de facto couple relationships, saying this recognition will 'undermine' existing laws that define marriage.

Mr. Richard Egan, the policy officer for the Festival of Light Australia, said that by proposing couples, who have a 'mutual commitment to a shared life,' to be registered in the state registries of births, deaths and marriages; it was 'in fact' mimicking and undermining marriage.

"The policy statement claims that the proposed nationally uniform legislation 'will not create schemes that mimic marriage or undermine existing laws that define marriage as being between a man and a woman,' said Egan. "However, by proposing that 'couples who have a mutual commitment to a shared life' can be registered in state registries of births, deaths and marriages, the proposal does in fact mimic and undermine marriage."

'Marriage', Egan said, "Was a unique relationship between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others. It had a social significance that goes beyond that of other relationships which merely involve some level of a mutual commitment to a shared life."

Joe De Bruyn, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association National Secretary, described the amendment to the Federal Labor party platform of establishing a national system which recognize and certified the relationships between gay couples as 'demean(ing) to marriage.' This was jeered by other delegates, reported a Fairfax publication.

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