DEFENCE OF MARRIAGE: by special correspondentNews Weekly
More than 500 attend Perth rally to preserve marriage
, May 12, 2012
A recent Perth rally to preserve marriage was attended by more than 500 supporters. However, the event was ignored by Australia’s mainstream media in favour of a band of 65 noisy left-wing protesters outside the venue who were calling for the legalising of same-sex marriage.
The Rally to Preserve Marriage was held on Tuesday evening, April 24, at Perth’s Victory Life Centre, where the famous former Australian tennis champion Margaret Court is pastor. The rally was organised jointly by the Australian Family Association, the Council for the National Interest, the National Civic Council and the Victory Life Centre.
Speakers included Dr Court, Melbourne-based family activist and author Bill Muehlenberg and 94-year-old Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman, a world-famous Torah scholar.
The rally’s aim was to help mobilise public opinion against current political moves to change the definition of marriage to include homosexual unions.
Attempting to gatecrash the Rally to Preserve Marriage was a well-coordinated group of left-wing agitators waving banners, baying and chanting rowdily as pro-marriage supporters entered the venue.
Police and security guards were present in large numbers to maintain public order.
A week before the rally, same-sex marriage activists distributed a poster entitled, “Rally against anti-same-sex marriage bigots”.
The poster featured a large rainbow-coloured tennis-ball slamming into a “Rally to Preserve Marriage” poster.
Only 65 protesters subsequently showed up, but the protest organisers later inflated the number to 100.
The mainstream media, notably the ABC News (April 25), reported only what was said at the small left-wing counter-rally, not what was said at the Rally to Preserve Marriage itself, which was attended by far more people.
Dr Margaret Court AO MBE, Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman
CBS AM RFD and Bill Muehlenberg
at the Victory Life Centre, Perth.
Chairing the marriage rally was Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman, who delivered an impassioned defence of marriage and family.
Margaret Court spoke of how her Victory Life Centre church is helping those wishing to leave the high-risk homosexual lifestyle, as well as being involved in many other charitable activities in the locality.
Bill Muehlenberg, host of the CultureWatch Christian website and author of the book, Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality (available from News Weekly Books), warned what would happen if same-sex marriage were legalised.
He said: “Wherever special rights for homosexuals have been passed, and same-sex marriage has been legalised, everything changes. On a daily basis we read of new assaults on faith, freedom and family.”
He provided a number of examples from overseas.
• A graduate student in Georgia was told she must change her religious views on homosexuality, or be dismissed from college (Fox News, July 27, 2010).
• A Christian couple in Britain were barred from fostering children because of their views on homosexuality (UK Daily Mail, November 1, 2010).
• January 10, 2011. A court of appeal in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan declared that marriage officials were not allowed to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on religious grounds.
• In June 2011 it was reported that many Swedish preschools have banned the terms “him” and “her” and refer to students as “friends” rather than boys and girls to prevent toddlers from falling into gender stereotypes.
• July 6, 2011. California passed a bill mandating pro-gay teaching in schools and prohibiting any school material or instruction that reflected adversely on homosexuality, bisexuality or transgenderism, and also prohibiting parents from removing children from classes over offensive material.
• November 16, 2011. An Iowa baker who politely declined to provide a wedding-cake for two lesbians based on her Christian values may face legal action from the couple.
• January 24, 2012. A 15-year-old Wisconsin boy who wrote an essay opposing gay adoption was censored, threatened with suspension and called ignorant by the superintendent of the Shawano School District, according to a lawyer representing the child.
In Australia, the left-wing Australian Education Union in 2006 adopted an official “Policy on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People”.
It declared: “The Australian Education Union is committed to protecting the industrial and professional and civil rights of its members and the rights of all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people throughout the world. Discriminatory practices such as homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism and monosexism are infringements of members’ rights and as such are to be challenged and eliminated.
“As a matter of urgency we call on the federal and state governments to ensure their discrimination laws cover all aspects of law relating to GLBTI people. These must include laws on marriage, IVF, adoption, and age of consent.”
After the Rally to Preserve Marriage, one of its key organisers, Frank Lindsey, the WA state president of the National Civic Council, warned: “There are no fewer than four bills currently before the federal parliament aimed at rewriting the Commonwealth Marriage Act so as to include within its definition same-sex union.
“If the Marriage Act is so redefined, words such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ will be consigned to the dustbin of history and replaced on legal documents with phrases such as ‘Party A’ and ‘Party B’. This has already happened in the US state of Massachusetts.
“The experience of other countries shows that after same-sex ‘marriage’ has been introduced, there are typically moves by government departments, education unions and the gay lobby, to reengineer school curriculums so as to promote homosexuality.
“In countries where marriage has been redefined, free speech and religious liberty are being curtailed in order to limit criticism of same-sex ‘marriage’.”