NSW Churches put it perfectly to the Premier

The NSW Council of Churches has met with Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell, to urge him to stand firm against so-called 'gay marriage', given the Labor/Greens move to mess with the meaning of marriage in Tasmania. We live in surreal times, for such a high-level delegation even to be necessary.

Yet all credit to these church leaders: is there a better statement of sane public policy anywhere to be found than that endorsed unanimously by their Council earlier this year?

Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children.

As Christian leaders representing different denominations or churches, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage. We honour the unique love between husbands and wives, the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children, and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and a mother.

Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society, as it has done for thousands of years. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is therefore not a special or limited interest, but serves the common good, particularly the good of children.

We call on our Federal and State Governments to protect this definition of marriage in Australian law, and not change the meaning of marriage by adding to it different kinds of relationships.

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