AFA action: email alert

Ask MPs to oppose or amend marriage bill



Dear Father,

Yesterday the Senate passed the Dean Smith Marriage Bill without any amendments to provide adequate  protections for  fundamental freedoms. The Bill now goes to the lower house (House of Representatives) for debate next week. It is vital that the freedoms of all Australians are protected in any bill that is passed.


It is urgent that you let your federal MP know there is strong support for “protection of freedoms” provisions to be included in any marriage bill. Please ask your federal MP to support amendments to protect our freedoms.


Please immediately ring/email your federal MP and ask him/her to:


Oppose the Dean Smith Bill as it does not deliver only same sex marriage, which the majority of those voting in the marriage postal ballot agreed to, but transgender marriage which they were not asked to vote on.


OR  alternatively,

Support amendments to protect freedom of thought, religion and conscience, free speech, freedom of assembly and to protect parent’s right to ensure the religious and moral education of their children.


Click here to find your federal MP and their contact details.


Click here to email your federal MP (then click button 'Search for your local representatives state and/or federal').


Points you can make. Choose one or two points and adapt in your own words:


  • Australians were asked in the postal survey whether they support allowing “same sex couples” to marry. The re-definition proposed in the Dean Smith Bill is to re-define marriage as the union of “any 2 people.” Mr Turnbull has said that “any 2 people” will mean that “two persons regardless of their gender” can marry. Please oppose the bill as it is not delivering what the Australian people voted for. It not just allowing same sex couples to marry, it is allowing transgender marriage. This will mean that not teaching transgender/gender-fluid sex education in schools will risk complaints of discrimination.


  • Re-defining marriage as the union of “any 2 people” means any 2 people regardless of their gender. This introduces a new concept of human sexual identity, that gender is fluid and may be different from a person’s biological sex and can be changed. This new view must not be forced upon Australians who have a deeply held belief, not necessarily religious, that human sexuality is binary, male and female, and fixed, not changeable. Any marriage bill must respect both views and ensure no Australian suffers detriment because of their view and is free to express that view and associate with others who share that view without risk of discrimination complaints. All Australians' rights must be protected.


  • The re-definition of marriage in any marriage bill should be all inclusive -  “the union of a man and a woman or the union of any 2 people”. This would preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman for those who are of the view that this is what marriage is. It also satisfies Australia’s obligation under the International Covent on Civil and Political Rights (Article 23) to recognise the right of men and women to marry and found a family. That gender-specific right to marry needs to continue to be recognised.


  • 62% of Australians asked, "Do you think parliament should provide guarantees in law for freedom of conscience, belief and religion if it legislates for same-sex marriage?" indicated they wanted such protections with only 18% opposing protections. Any marriage bill should provide that individuals who for deeply held beliefs declined to be involved or provide their services for the celebration of marriages that are not between a man and a woman do not commit an offence against anti-discrimination laws. This would extend the protections already provided for religious bodies/entities and religious marriage celebrants.


  • Sixty two per cent of Australians want protections to freedoms enshrined in any new marriage bill while only 18% didn't. Their view must be respected and their rights protected. Any marriage bill should provide that any person or entity has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief in relation to holding or lawfully expressing their belief about marriage. That belief does not have to be a specifically religious belief, doctrine or tenet.


  • Any marriage bill should protect charities from being stripped of their charitable status because of their beliefs about marriage.


  • Any marriage bill should provide that parents can request that their children be released from any class(es) where material to be taught is not consistent with their religious or moral  beliefs. This recognises Australia’s obligation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 18.4, to recognise and protect “the liberty of parents … to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.”


  • Changing marriage changes a fundamental foundation of society and will affect every Australian. Any Bill to change marriage must ensure there is no detriment to those who hold the view that marriage is between a man and a woman, to allow us to move forward so we can live together respectfully while holding different views.



Please email the Senators who voted against the bill, congratulating them for their stance. To email all the Senators who voted against the bill click here.


Paul Monagle

National President



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