The NSW Council of Churches has supported the Federal Government's decision to launch a High Court challenge after the ACT yesterday became the first Australian jurisdiction to legalise same-sex marriage.
The ABC reports that the ACT Labor Government passed its Marriage Equality Same-Sex Bill in the Legislative Assembly with the help of Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury. Under the law, same-sex couples from across Australia will be able to marry in the ACT by the end of the year.
"There is no longer any excuse, if there ever was, to discriminate against same-sex couples in our community," Chief Minister Katy Gallagher told the Assembly. "They are our children, our parents, our brothers, our sisters, our leaders, our business people, our mentors and our colleagues.
President of the Council of Churches, Dr Ross Clifford, said in a statement: “We can’t have States and Territories passing laws that deeply divide Australians and that are guaranteed to face expensive legal challenges,” the President of the NSW Council of Churches.
“The NSW Council of Churches believes that a change in federal marriage law would be contrary to our Australian culture and heritage,” NSW Council of Churches Public Affairs Director, the Reverend Rod Benson, said.