It shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise to you to learn that a high ranking member of the Liberal Party vehemently opposes marriage equality within Australia. That ain’t exactly breaking news to anyone.
Dear Fellow Australian,
Thank you for your email regarding same sex marriage. You may appreciate I receive many emails from Australians in every corner of our great nation on this issue and I seek your indulgence to reply via email.
Since entering the Parliament, and before, I have held very clear, consistent and public view supporting the current definition of marriage as a voluntary union for life of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others. I have included links below to various speeches and articles where I have set out my position.
You will also note in these statements that I also support the view that no Australian should have to pay a dollar more in tax or receive a dollar less in benefits or superannuation because of their sexual preference. During the last parliament laws were passed to give effect to this objective with the support of both major parties.
The fundamental reason for my position was well summarised by our former Prime Minister, Hon John Howard AC, who stated when legislating the current definition “marriage, as we understand it in our society, is about children, raising them, providing for the survival of the species, and I think if the same status is given in our society to gay unions as are given to traditional marriage we will weaken that bedrock institution.”
For me this is ultimately about a child’s natural right to a mother and father. I believe that this right should be protected in all Commonwealth laws, especially the Marriage Act. I am extremely disappointed by the recent decision of the NSW Parliament to legalise same sex adoption. However, I do not consider this error should be compounded by our federal parliament.
Family is the most important institution in our society. Religions and cultures over centuries have held that family is optimally based on the union of a man and woman. I do not believe that tested wisdom over centuries has been overwhelmed by more contemporary arguments.
I acknowledge that in today’s society too many heterosexual marriages relationships fail. Family breakdown is a primary cause of poverty, disadvantage, mental illness and related conditions in our society today. The biggest victims of marriage failure and family breakdown are children. The social and economic costs of family breakdown are incalculable. This is a genuine national tragedy, not an argument for same sex marriage.
I appreciate that there are some in my community who hold a different views to those I have expressed on these matters. I know this because I listen to the different views that are put forward by people in my community on this matter and many other issues. I respect all of these views, however, I clearly cannot agree with all of them. I believe my responsibility is to be faithful to the principles and convictions I hold on this matter and to be up front and honest with my community about the reasons for holding this position.
On these matters, I will therefore continue my longstanding support for the definition of marriage in its current form as defined in the Marriage Act.
I thank you once again for raising this issue with me.
Hon. Scott Morrison MP
Federal Member for Cook
March 21, 2015
The offensive notion that two people of the same gender (or, indeed, intersex) declaring their undying love for each in front of whatever family, God and Government they want somehow weakens the bedrock of society aside, it’s again the weird assumption that allowing same-sex marriage means people who utilise it might otherwise have started a heteronormative family which is well beyond ludicrous.