Gay Marriage: GetUp vs. Australian Christian Lobby

Below is a  message from Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby, requesting action from “all who believe that marriage is between a man and woman“. Jim and his supporters are currently sending this out as an email campaign that has gone viral enough that a number of people I know have received it totally unprompted, with a “sent from” trail a hundred miles long.

Conversely, I have also received email SPAM from the other side of the coin: The GetUp! team (of which I am not a member) and their supporters, hereby turning my once private email address into a veritable moral and ethical battleground between two parties that, truthfully, do nothing to gain my sympathy either way by communicating with me unsolicited. GetUp! are a organisation of political activists supporting secular and minority Australians with a very strong lean towards Green policies, although they maintain they support no major party.

I am all for human rights and environmental campaigns however I tend to ignore GetUp! because they sometimes argue in favour of select minority groups that only their administration chooses to support, but claim to the media that their entire member base supports the cause, when in fact this is not true. Take this GetUp! member comment, for example:

Member: john

“I do not support your views on gay marriage 
I will be unsubscribing to get up 
I donated to your newspaper Ad regarding Assange 
You have abused the privilege of your membership 
By suggesting in the press that you are expressing 
The views of this membership.”

The GetUp! campaign petition is summarised here very succinctly:

Not allowing same-sex couples to marry denies them and their families legal equality and perpetuates discrimination and prejudice.
The overwhelming majority of Australians support full marriage equality and it is the right thing to do.
Marriage matters: amend the Commonwealth Marriage Act so that same-sex partners can be wed.

They’ve been extremely successful in getting the funding and donations they need to put out a short commercial and other videos arguing in favour of “marriage equality”:

Meanwhile…

“Could you please read the letter below, activate prayer in regards to it,” asks Jim Wallace of the ACL in his email. “Send an email to your local Federal MP as suggested (anything is better than nothing) and fwd this email on to others to respond also.” …which seems like a passive enough campaign. I mean, if the ACL are really that serious about their activism, where are the funds for their own commercials? A curious observation.

The email is below:

Dear Leaders,

I know that I pester you a lot on this issue of marriage, but it has reached another critical stage where it could be lost.

Until yesterday we were winning this politically, despite the media campaign, because we had won the battle of emails, letters and visits to local MPs and I thank you for your part in that.  But GetUp, publicly stating that it realised this, started a campaign that is generating a last minute flurry of letters, with one MP on our side registering 40 per day and saying it will be lost unless we act urgently, some of what he has said in his email:

Just letting you know we are getting swamped with emails from the electorate in SUPPORT of gay marriage through a GetUp! e-mail campaign. Since 5pm yesterday, I have had more than 40 emails in support of gay marriage and they keep coming through.

At this rate, by the time I give my speech next week, I will have almost more people tagged in support of gay marriage than not on my constituent management system which makes the case that harder to prosecute because it appears your electorate is for it. I know that your troops are sending theirs in but can I say they are coming in at a snail’s rate compared to the opposing camp.

Sorry to be a nuisance on this but I am firm on this and I can only wonder about some of my colleagues who are waverers and what they are thinking getting this massive reaction.

It is crucial that we respond to his call to action, as the Greens have manufactured all parliamentarians reporting back to the Parliament next week on the consultations they have been having and in addition to this effort, they have manufactured a poll that says that most Christians support gay marriage, which all know is not true of those who actually are practising believers.

I don’t like to sound doomdayish, but I know we have the numbers in the churches this Sunday to turn this around, but without a huge commitment this weekend I can see us losing it which would be a disaster when politically we had been winning it.

If we care about marriage we must act to turn this around, could I ask that your churches be exhorted to respond to this and to go to the www.makeastand.org.au website and access the campaign Man+Wife 4 Life and send an email to their politician.  This is made very easy to do their and they should also sign the petition at the same time as it will be presented on next Wed and it is once again important that it can at least match anything thrown up by the other side.

Clearly the time is imperative here, (emails must be sent by close of business Monday 22nd) means we must have our churches send this out on their email lists or we will not act in time.

Clearly we also need to activate our prayer groups and chains on this,

Thank you and God Bless

Jim

JJA WALLACE AM
Managing Director
Australian Christian Lobby
md@acl.org.au

As for my stance on Gay Marriage: I tend to agree that Gay marriage should be legal in a civil ceremony. Partners are allowed to love each other, and marriage or no marriage isn’t going to change who somebody wants to spend their life with. I believe a number of things will happen if gay marriage is legalised, which can be visualised using the following in-depth pie-chart:

However, I also back churches in that I don’t believe they should be pressured into allowing gay marriage in a religious ceremony in their church if they don’t want to. That would be changing a religion’s beliefs/doctrines and, quite frankly, politics should have no jurisdiction there. If you don’t like the religion, you’re free to choose another.

Of course, I also agree that the opposite should be true: one particular religion should not govern wider social law, either. The bottom line is, civil law should be determined by the people at large, not by any lobby or minority group. Believing that, I wouldn’t be surprised if gay marriage remains something that takes another ten years before it is made legal, because the majority of voters are yet to agree with it, despite statistics released that say 80% of young people aged 18-24 support it.

Although this graph is for the USA, I’m sure a similar one exists for Australia, somewhere. Forces like GetUp! and the ACL continue to try and sway this graph either way… but it looks like inevitably, with every new generation, equality is winning.

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Author:Andrew Beato

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8 Comments on “Gay Marriage: GetUp vs. Australian Christian Lobby”

  1. September 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Interesting stuff. Pie chart was a winner.

    • September 2, 2011 at 12:32 am #

      The Pie Chart is Awesome!

  2. Jimbo
    September 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I am absolutely baffled as to how anybody can still be opposed to Gay marriage. It has absolutely no effect on their lives and it is simply giving Gay couples the equal rights that they bloody well deserve. We live in a secular society after all, not a Christian one. To me it is as ludicrous as being opposed to French people eating ice cream on a Tuesday.

  3. Michael
    September 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    I am absolutely baffled as to how anybody can believe in Gay marriage. It will have an absolutely big effect on society and to put it simply Gay couples have equal rights anywyay that they bloody well deserve. We live in a secular society that was built from a Christian one. To me it is as ludicrous as supporting French people not being alllowed to eat ice cream on a Tuesday.

    • Jimbo
      September 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      Hmm, I’m curious as to what you think this “big effect” will be? Also if they already have equal rights wouldn’t they already be allowed to be married like any other Australian citizen in a civil ceremony?

    • September 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      People against Gay marriage seem to be quite incapable of actually answering what this “absolutely big effect on society” will be. Seriously Michael, really curious to know what will happen to society? Will lots more straight couples all suddenly turn gay and this result in a decrease in world population because there’s not enough people left to reproduce? Like, what is the logic behind the fear? I can’t understand it.

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