The bad news is that the High Court held also held that:
"s 51(xxi) [of the Australian Constitution] gives the federal Parliament power to pass a law providing for same sex marriage ... The status of marriage, the social institution which that status reflects, and the rights and obligations which attach to that status [marriage] never have been, and are not now, immutable ... When used in s 51(xxi), "marriage" is a term which includes a marriage between persons of the same sex."So the Federal Parliament could, at some future point, decide to allow same-sex marriages. Thankfully last year Parliament voted against allowing same-sex marriages, and Tony Abbot, the newly-elected Catholic prime minister, is against same-sex marriage. The homosexualist lobby, however, is powerful and well-funded, so we must pray hard for the defence of marriage in Australia.
The content of this week's judgment is a salutary lesson to pro-life/pro-family campaigners not to get carried away by victories, but to form a cold, clear assessment of the texts, voting patterns, lobby-strengths etc. involved in each situation.
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