By , the General Assembly passed an Authoritative Interpretation permitting pastors to sign marriage licences for same-gender couples where permitted by civil law in the states where their church was found, which took immediate effect. John Howard's intervention effectively banned same-sex marriages from being recognised in Australia. I am more distressed by our inattention to children in detention, or our national greed problem, than by the possibility that the definition of marriage might be changed. He said that same-sex lovers must have been cross-sex lovers in a former life. To remove the sexual specificity from the notion of marriage makes marriage not a realisation of the bodily difference between male and female that protects and dignifies each, but simply a matter of choice. It was settled in the Supreme Court. Denial would come without penalty, but the priest or diocese would have to direct same-sex couples they decline to another church or priest willing to perform the ceremony. Unlike Australia, Scotland allows gay marriage. There are greater causes in this world than this.
Now, having put that opinion forward, I fully recognise that there are many people of intelligence and good will who disagree. There are those in favour of change, we are told, and then there are the bigots. Nevertheless, I don't think that the case for change is anywhere near as convincing as its proponents think it is. Notably in Troy Perry , the church's founder, filed the first lawsuit in the U. There is loud applause in the chamber when the vote is read out. They had an arranged marriage. It is, or is intended as, a life-long union between two people who exemplify the biological duality of the human race, with the openness to welcoming children into the world. By Michael Jensen Posted May 28, Both judges   and the IRS  have ruled that it is either questionable or illegal for campaign contributions to be shielded by anonymity. You can't just walk out. What I do hope is that my contribution here will not be derided as bigoted or homophobic out of hand, but that it will be seen as part of a civil discussion. Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech in the Upper House. Denial would come without penalty, but the priest or diocese would have to direct same-sex couples they decline to another church or priest willing to perform the ceremony. One of them is this: And these same terms make opposing a redefinition of marriage sound primitive and even barbaric. New South Wales had the lowest Yes vote at 58 per cent. The revisionist case has not provided a reasonable definition of marriage beyond saying that if two people want to call their relationship by that name, they should be able to. As Brandeis University's E. Another is that I stand adamantly against the bullying and vilification of people of minority sexual identities. The terms in which the pro-marriage redefinition case are stated make it sound as inevitable as the dawn, and as unstoppable as the tide. New Zealand, and we ought to get with the programme. But allow me to make the case for traditional marriage as being between one man and one woman, writes Michael Jensen. Unlike Australia, Scotland allows gay marriage. In an interview on The O'Reilly Factor in August , when Glenn Beck was asked if he "believe s that gay marriage is a threat to [this] country in any way", he stated, "No I don't. Instead of the particular orientation of marriage towards the bearing and nurture of children, we will have a kind of marriage in which the central reality is my emotional choice.
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Elon University Campus Debate - Same-Sex Marriage
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