"Marriage is founded on the wonderful fact of sexual difference and its potential for new life. Without this there would be no human beings and no future."1
That's what Catholics across the country are being told this weekend, in a letter calling on parishioners to campaign against same-sex marriage.
The letter, signed by six Bishops, goes on to argue that marriage equality would undermine family life and damage society. It comes just four days before the Senate Inquiry into Marriage Equality closes for submissions, in the largest push yet to convince members of the Senate Committee that the majority of Australians are against marriage equality.
We know this isn't true. The majority of people with faith don't support this view and are for ending marriage discrimination.2
We have just four days to convince the Committee to remove all discriminatory references from the Marriage Act – to allow all people, regardless of sex, sexuality and gender identity, the opportunity to marry.
Let's make sure the Committee understands the weight of public opinion is with us, make a submission here: http://www.getup.org.au/senate-inquiry
The Senate Inquiry is an important political process built to better canvass public opinion. We know public opinion is on our side, now we need to turn that support into action so that the Inquiry can pressure Parliament to finally do the right thing.
It's as easy as taking two minutes to share why this change is important to you: http://www.getup.org.au/senate-inquiry
Whether you're gay or straight, single, in a relationship or married, taking the time to tell the Parliamentary Committee why you support the rights of all couples, and why you support full legal equality, could make all the difference.
Let's not let the bigotry of a small number of close-minded Bishops misrepresent the Christian community and Australia more broadly - take a few minutes to share your story and stand up for equality!
Members of Parliament are still undecided and will make up their minds based on the Committee's evidence.
By reminding them that legalising same-sex marriage is fundamentally a question of fairness and equality your voice can help convince them of why such a chorus of Australians are calling for change.
Thanks for all you do,
Paul, for the GetUp team.