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Australia is not ready to say 'we do' to gay marriage


Australians do not want to rush into making a significant change to the Marriage Act without knowing its social impact, writes Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Life, Marriage and Family Centre Director Chris Meney in a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece.

Citing a recent poll of more than 1200 adults conducted for the Ambrose Centre for Religious Liberty, Mr Meney said that the issue is not just about rights for homosexual people but also about the responsibility of society to always act in the best interests of children.

"Responses to several questions around this theme confirmed that a clear majority of people feel that the traditional meaning of marriage is important, that it is the best way to ensure that children are raised by their mother and father and that a child will usually grow up happier if he or she has a home with both a mother and a father," Mr Meney said.

"Nearly 70 per cent of Australians believe that marriage between a man and a woman and their having children together is an important social institution that should be upheld.

"Three out of four respondents, including a surprising majority of those in favour of same-sex marriage, believe that as a society we should try to ensure that children are raised by their natural mother and father and promote this norm."

Read full Opinion Piece at the Sydney Morning Herald

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