Almost 1,000 people filled the Great Hall of the federal parliament on Tuesday 16 August - calling on politicians to retain the definition of marriage currently in the Marriage Act. Under the theme 'Don't Meddle With Marriage', the meeting called for marriage to continue to be the "union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life".Mrs Rebecca Hagelin gave an inspirational address - she called on everyone to celebrate and promote their marriages and the benefits that they provide to society. She also demonstrated that homosexual relationships and homosexual 'marriages' cannot have the same recognition - Rebecca called on everyone to stand up and be active in stopping the erosion of marriage.About the rally.... There were a large number of speakers - some were very good! We were concerned about comments made by some speakers who said they had supported the 'removal of discrimination' by the passing of amendments to 84 Commonwealth laws and one MP said he supported civil unions but opposed marriage.The involvement of speakers from other faiths seems to have been done to spread the message of opposition to homosexual 'marriage'. However, the inclusion of a message from a Muslim imam, who praised marriage and the family, was problematic because Islam allows a man to have four wives! His statement didn't specify 'one man and one woman in marriage'. The appointment of a Mormon couple as 'Marriage Ambassadors' was also a great concern, one reason being Mormonism's past views on polygamy.But there are bigger concerns...Two groups have recently been formed with the specific intent of claiming that Christians are in favour of homosexual 'marriage. These groups are ACTIVELY LOBBYING to tell MPs that Christians support homosexual marriage.Now for those groups supporting homosexual 'marriage' . . .The group, called 'Christians for Gay Marriage', was formed in SA recently. Two of the spokespeople are lesbian ministers of Uniting Churches in SA. A third spokesman is married to a woman, but was the senior minister at Pilgrim Uniting Church in SA, which is the church attended by Senator Penny Wong and her lesbian partner (if you haven't heard, they recently announced the partner is expecting a baby in December through IVF and sperm donation.)The second group was formed during the past week. It is called 'Christians 4 Equality' - which is part of the homosexual lobby group "Australians for Marriage Equality". They have set up a website and are calling for Christians to tell their MPs they are in FAVOUR of homosexual 'marriage. The website was launched on Friday 12 August, and public statements were made on Monday 15 August, the day before the rally in Parliament House.A number of ministers are listed on the website of this new group. Some are homosexual - some are not.The people who are part of this group (and promoted on the website) are: Rev Bill Crews (Uniting Church minister), Rev Rowland Croucher (Baptist minister/John Mark Ministries), Rev Matt Glover (Baptist Minister, Lilydale Baptist Church, Vic), Rev Roger Munson (UCA), Fr Dave Smith (Anglican, Sydney), Rev Leanne Jenski (UCA, lesbian, founder of Christians for Gay Marriage), Rev David Hunnerup (UCA Tas), Rev Chris Bedding (Anglican, WA). Others listed are Sandy Miller (lesbian), Paul Martin (Psychologist)To view the group's website, including a statement from each minister - click here.Read the report of the launch in the homosexual paper Star Observer - click here.
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