Marriage Info - How You Can Help in Speaking the Truth about Marriage
1. Keep Informed
There is a lot more to the conversation about marriage than posters and slogans, and unfortunately our media can swing this issue in a very biased way. Keep yourself informed!
2. Speak to your local politicians
Don’t be afraid to tell your local MPs what you think about marriage, they are there to support and serve their electorate and need to hear your voices. Here are some steps to help you out:
- Find out the name and contact details of the Federal MP for your local area: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members
- Write a letter to your MP. Make sure you use his or her formal title (click here for guidelines.)
- Be polite and clear. If you are struggling with what to say, here are some points to consider:
- As a member of your electorate, I want to let you know that I support the current definition of marriage in the Marriage Act and this is an important issue for me.
- As my elected representative, I would like you to use your vote to promote and protect marriage as the institution which is the foundational unit of society.
- Marriage protects children by encouraging men and women to commit to each other and to take responsibility for their children. Same-sex marriage cannot unite a child with a mother and a father. Indeed, it establishes an institution which intentionally separates a child from their mother and father.
- Australia has already suffered from the pain of children being taken away from their biological parents in previous generations. Why would we, as a matter of policy, allow another generation to be intentionally created and removed from their biological parents?
- This is not an issue of equality. Same-sex couples receive all the benefits of married couples. This is about the definition of marriage.
- Redefining marriage would result in the law enforcing the idea that the emotional relationship of consenting adults is the most important consideration for constituting a marriage. If this is the case, then it leaves the door open for marriage to be further redefined.
- We have seen religious freedom come under threat in every country where same-sex marriage has been made legal. As a person of faith, I am concerned that this change will impact me and my family.
- We are already seeing changes in our education system to make sex education more complex and detailed. Children are learning about same-sex sexual activity, and are being encouraged to see gender as fluid. These programs exist in places where marriage has been redefined because a change in marriage necessitates a change in what we teach about sexual relationships.
- With the increasing pressure to stay silent on this issue, I am concerned about how I will be able to counteract the messages my children and grandchildren will be learning at school. We have already seen the threat of anti-discrimination proceedings against those who do not agree with redefinition and I am deeply concerned that I will be silenced.
- Send the letter by post; it is more effective than email. Alternatively, if you are worried that you don’t come across clearly in writing, consider calling the MP’s office but have your comments prepared and ready before you call.
3. Inform others
People are also going to want to know what you think. You don’t have to jump on Facebook and preach, but if you understand why it is important that marriage remains between a man and a woman, you should not be afraid to speak to others about it. It is very difficult to get the pro-marriage side of this story out in mainstream media. If this information is going to spread, it will spread in good conversations, based on love.
4. Share your skills
All of us have gifts and talents which can be used to assist in this cause.
Do you have creative skills (graphic design, photography or videography) which you would like to use to preserve marriage?
Are you a writer or a speaker who feels like you have something to contribute?
Do you want to volunteer at events or for specific tasks?
Are you good at administration?
There will be many ways you can assist in the months ahead. If you would like to take part, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to pray. It is crucially important. This battle is as much if not more a spiritual one than a political one. We need to pray for our leaders, that they will make wise decisions based on what is best for all. We need to pray for our families, that we will be witnesses of true married love. And we need to pray for our country.
6. Uphold marriage always
Outside of prayer, the most important thing we can be doing is defending marriage and family life by the way we live our lives. For those of you who are married, now is the time for your marriages to be a witness to others. For those who are not married, we need to provide great support to our married friends and family. If we believe marriage is about children, then we need to be doing everything we can to support those around us with children. This is all very important now, but it will be even more important if the law changes. It might be the case that we are no longer allowed to teach about marriage in our schools. It might happen that any teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman might be seen as discrimination. If this does happen, the only real way we will be able to help people understand what marriage looks like is to live good and holy marriages ourselves.