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What’s going to change in Australia with same-sex marriage?

11 December 2017

7:17 AM

11 December 2017

7:17 AM

In the space of just a few decades, homosexuality has gone from being a criminal offence to a psychological disorder, to an acceptable way of life, to today, the ‘new virtue’. Without doubt, we are living in a time of massive moral and cultural change.

That’s probably why the most popular article on The Spectator Australia’s Flat White site in 2017 was What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage? by David Sergeant. On Facebook alone, it has been shared a staggering 82,533 times! All the more remarkable is that it was only published on September 7.

Sergeant warned us all in Australia, based on what he had observed in Britain, as to what would happen if the institution of marriage were to be redefined. But even Sergeant didn’t foresee how quickly we, in the Antipodes, would seek to catch up, and even outdo the rest of the world in social re-engineering.

LGBTI writer, director and producer, Maeve Marsden, explained the content of what this would mean when, just a few months ago, she wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald:

When the Australian Christian Lobby and supporters of the “no” vote wring their hands about the post-survey Gay Agenda™ and we rush to reassure them, we are cutting ourselves off from the life-blood of resilience that our history affords us. A resilience born of insurrection and riots, of redefining institutions, of lifting a middle finger to systems of oppression.

Yes, marriage is not the final frontier. Yes, we want safe schools. Yes, gay conversion therapy is child abuse. Yes, we want transgender kids’ agency to be respected and supported – regardless of what their parents want. Yes.

What many other LGBTIQ advocates are now starting to state plainly, is that the changes Marsden was openly talking about are part of their larger social agenda. As such, we should expect to see Australian society change in the following ways:

Education: The day after the marriage law was changed by the Australian Parliament, “Dolly Doctor”, Melissa Kang, wrote: “The marriage equality bill has passed, and the mandate to deliver inclusive sexuality education in schools is more pressing than ever. LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education should embrace diversity in the classroom, the staff-room and in whole-of-school policies.”

Notice how the language has immediately morphed into stating that the non-binding voluntary postal survey (rather than, plebiscite) was a mandate for things like the Safe Schools Curriculum. During the campaign, the message was that it was only about “equality” and “love”. Now that the “Yes” campaign has triumphed, the true extent of their intentions has been revealed.

Parenting: Paula Gerber, Professor of Human Rights Law at Monash University, has stated that the redefinition of marriage is only the beginning, and that “the fight for LGBTI people to live lives free from discrimination will continue”. Gerber explains:

Australian law has not yet caught up with the reality of modern families. Children in LGBTI families may have more than two parents: a lesbian couple may have a child with the assistance of a gay couple, for instance, and all four parents may be actively involved in raising the child.

In contrast to Canada, which allows birth certificates to record up to four parents, Australia allows only two parents to be recorded. This means that this pivotal identity document may not accurately reflect a child’s family structure.

In redefining marriage, a veritable Pandora’s Box of kinship anomalies has been unleashed. The structure of what constitutes a family will be fundamentally re-orientated. The implications that this has for intergenerational relationships, such as children with their biological grandparents, as well as extended relatives, is far-reaching.

Therapy: As Marsden stated earlier, LGBTIQ lobbyists will present gay conversion therapy in particular, as a form of ‘child abuse.’ As such, any attempt to change or re-orient someone away from an LGBTIQ lifestyle will itself be a crime. As Gerber argues:

Another issue that can now receive greater attention is the ongoing use of conversion therapies to “cure” a person’s same-sex attraction. These harmful practices appear to have gone underground, but are actually more prevalent in Australia than ever before. 

In the US, however, several states and cities have enacted legislation to ban conversion therapy – either for minors, or, in the case of New York City, for adults as well.

Additionally, a case in the state of New Jersey against a Jewish counselling group culminated in a decision that the group had committed consumer fraud when it promised to change a person’s same-sex attraction into opposite-sex attraction, and was held liable to pay damages.

Freedom of conscience: Bill Shorten has promised that if Labor is elected then within the first 100 days of the new parliament he would appoint a full-time LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner to the Australian Human Rights Commission at a cost of $1.4 million over four years. The goal of this commissioner – or should that be, ‘commissar’? – is to eliminate discrimination from schools, workplaces and communities.

Some in the community, such as Dr Ian Lambert, the Principal of Scots College Sydney, and one of Australia’s leading educators, wrote last week to the federal parliament asking, “Will the withdrawal of government funding or registration to independent schools be used as a blunt instrument to force schools with religious foundations to comply or die if they continue to uphold ­religious beliefs and values that have shaped Western civilisation for thousands of years?’’ The parliament’s response? They refused to even table his letter.

Freedom of religion: Gerber acknowledges that now might not be the best time to address this, but that doesn’t mean that this won’t be challenged in the not too distant future. As Gerber states:

Given the attempts to embed discrimination against LGBTI people in the marriage equality legislation under the guise of religious freedom, and the government’s review into whether Australian law adequately protects religious freedom, now may not be the best time to advocate for the removal of religious exemptions from federal, state and territory anti-discrimination legislation.

Indeed, on Thursday – the very same day in which marriage was redefined by the Australian parliament – Gerber said this on Monash University’s official website:

There are still a number of provisions in our laws that need to be fixed before the LGBTI community has full equality. And I think that probably the most important one is to remove these religious exemptions in the anti-discrimination legislation.

Children: Surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia, but activists will seek for the law here to be changed. Another issue is that parents will be in danger of losing the right to oversee their children’s sexuality if they are classified as “intersex”. As Gerber notes:

Another issue that has received little attention is the ongoing practice of subjecting intersex infants to surgical or hormonal interventions to “fix” their sex to appear male or female. Advocates are calling for such medical interventions to be banned unless there is freely given and fully informed consent.

The military: The Australian Defence Force has already been highjacked by the identity politics of the Left. For instance, back in October, it was revealed that over the past five years, $1.05 million had been spent on seventeen ADF personnel receiving sex-change surgery. Now that same-sex marriage has been made legal, there will be a further push for people who identify as transgender, not to be ‘discriminated’ against. Note the following speech by activists at a Marriage Equality rally earlier this year:

We are on the verge of winning this. And then we can pour our energies into other pressing things like making sure that transgender rights in the military are not rolled back… It didn’t start with marriage and it won’t end with marriage, but still, what a sweet celebration that promises to be!

Marsha Gessen, the lesbian political activist, brazenly told the 2012 Sydney Writer’s Festival that: “Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there. Because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change. And that is a lie.”

The big difference now is they’re starting to tell the truth. And as we are already starting to see, everything is going to change. But this is where the real battle begins.

Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield. 

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