Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Zenit News

9/25/2012 (2 years ago)

Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)

The vote was 42 in favour of legalization and 98 against

"The overwhelming vote in the House of Representatives in favour of marriage between a man and a woman is greatly welcomed," says Chris Meney, director of the Archdiocese of Sydney's Life, Marriage and Family Centre. The following day another vote on same-sex marriage was held in the Australian Senate, and again it was overwhelmingly defeated, by 41 to 26.

Highlights

By Zenit News

Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)

9/25/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: same sex marriage, gay marriage, homosexual marriage, true marriage, Australia


CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (Zenit.org) - Two proposals to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian federal parliament last week were strongly defeated.

On Sept. 19 the House of Representatives voted on a proposal by backbencher Stephen Jones, of the Australian Labor Party, the party currently in power at the federal level, to legalize same-sex "marriage."

The Labor Party allowed a free vote on the proposal, while the coalition of opposition parties, led by Tony Abbott, held to their promise of voting against any attempt to introduce same-sex "marriage."

The vote was 42 in favour of legalization and 98 against. Both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott voted against the bill.

"The overwhelming vote in the House of Representatives in favour of marriage between a man and a woman is greatly welcomed," says Chris Meney, director of the Archdiocese of Sydney's Life, Marriage and Family Centre. "It is also a vote affirming the truth of how marriage has always been understood," he commented in a news story published on the Web site of the Archdiocese of Sydney.

"Given the broad consultation over a significant period and the number of bills which have been introduced on this issue it is to be hoped our elected representatives will now be free to devote the necessary time to other issues which are of importance to all Australians," Meney commented.

The following day another vote on same-sex marriage was held in the Australian Senate, and again it was overwhelmingly defeated, by 41 to 26.

Among those speaking against the Senate initiative was Labor senator John Hogg, who is the President of the Senate. As a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation noted, he rarely speaks during debates on legislation, but he did speak out on this issue.

"I have a deep-seated belief that marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively," he said.

"I utterly reject the offensive language of some of those supporting the bill that people who share my views are discriminatory or homophobic," he added.

"This is absolutely nonsense of the first order and is a desperate resort to try and isolate those who don't share their views," the Senate president said.

The votes followed what Paul Kelly, political commentator for the Australian newspaper, called a two year intense campaign by the Green Party, half the Labor Party, the gay lobby and progressive media in favour of same-sex "marriage."

State laws

"Australia is now consigned to a lengthy culture war over same-sex marriage," he added in his Sept. 22 commentary.

Despite the two votes in federal parliament the debate on same-sex "marriage" in Australia is far from over, with the focus turning to the state level.

The lower house of parliament in Tasmania has already voted in favour of same-sex "marriage" and this week it will be voted on by the upper house. The outcome of the vote is uncertain, given that the majority of the members of the upper house are independents.

Proponents of same-sex "marriage" have also said they will introduce initiatives in the state parliaments of South Australia and New South Wales.

The situation is further complicated by a debate over the constitutionality of state vs. federal laws regarding marriage. Commentators agree that any state law allowing same-sex "marriage" will be challenged in the High Court of Australia.

There are also concerns that any approval of same-sex "marriage" will create a church-state conflict.

"Changing the Marriage Act would, in practice, compel Catholics and other faith communities to recognise and accept same-sex marriage in their schools, charities, social welfare, health care and adoption services," warned Sydney's Cardinal George Pell in a submission he made in a Senate committee inquiry on the issue of same-sex "marriage."



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Christian man wears cross in Israel producing SHOCKING RESULTS Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new experimental video makes Paris - seen as many as western civilization at its best - look bad, and gives new respect to the nation of Israel. When Israeli journalist, Zvika Klein walked around Paris for 10 hours wearing a yarmulke, he faced insults and ... continue reading


Accused rapist stripped and dragged out of prison by angry Indian mob Watch

Image of Large groups protest the rape, leading to the creation of the mob.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive mob, full of thousands of angry Indians, stormed the prison holding a man accused of raping a student in late February and ripped him out of his cell. Bypassing the security and tearing down two gates, the mob dragged the 35-year-old used car dealer, stripped ... continue reading


Saudi Arabia executes non-violent prisoners at unbelievable rates Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Saudi Arabia has issued 38 executions in the last three months, according to the human rights charity, Amnesty International. The convicted crimes range from drug trafficking to murder. However, more than half of the executed criminals had non-violent crimes. LOS ... continue reading


Historic World War II Japanese battleship amazingly discovered by Microsoft co-founder Watch

Image of More than 1,000 of the Musashi's crew were killed during the battle and sinking. Three-hundred-plus survivors were taken aboard by other Japanese warships, according to the U.S. Navy report.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The sea has given up one of its long-kept secrets to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. He says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship, the Musashi near the Philippines. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Musashi, once one of ... continue reading


Where are Christians persecuted the most? It is NOT the Middle East Watch

Image of Increasingly, Christians in India are becoming persecuted because of their faith.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study from the Pew Research Center has shown some interesting finds about religious violence, notably that the country with the highest level of social hostilities occurring because of religion is not in the Middle East, it's in India. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Modern day plague: Swine flu deaths pass 800 in India Watch

Image of A lack of knowledge about swine flu in India is helping to stoke panic.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There is heightened concern - if not outright panic at the alarming cases of swine flu being reported in India. At least 800 known people have died of the disease, and medical authorities there are struggling to contain the current outbreak. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Would you spend two months on a train? World's largest railway opens in China Watch

Image of China has opened a railroad that runs to Spain, in order to bring cheap goods to Europe faster and cheaper.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China has successfully built and tested the world's largest railway line, sending a cargo train on a 16,156-mile round trip to Spain and back. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The train arrived with cheap goods and returned with expensive olive oil during the ... continue reading


At nearly $305 million, Gauguin becomes most expensive painting of all time Watch

Image of The painting depicts two young women wearing brilliant colors before a landscape. One is in native dress, the other in a colonial, missionary style dress.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Paul Gauguin oil painting of two Tahitian girls, staring out into space with questioning glances, appropriately entitled "Nafea Faa Ipoipo" or "When Will You Marry?" has gone on to become this world's single most expensive painting. The nation of Qatar bought ... continue reading


Climate change disasters forcing Indian parents to sell children into slavery Watch

Image of Uprooted by climate-related disasters, many Indian children are tricked, forced into prostitution or forced labor.

By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Disasters resulting from climate change are pushing poor Indian families into poverty so deep that they are lured by traffickers into selling their children into bonded labor or prostitution, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Thursday. NEW DELHI ... continue reading


Name and shame: Smartphones join the forceful battle against sexual harassment in India Watch

Image of In India, there were 309,546 crimes against women reported to the police in 2013, up from 244,270 the previous year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Indian women armed with Smartphone's are using the influence of social media to fight sexual harassment by filming and publicly shaming men who molest them as greater awareness of violence against women spreads. NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
3 Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
16 He called down famine on the land, he took away ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
33 'Listen to another parable. There was a man, a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 6th, 2015 Image

St. Colette
March 6: Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter