The UK High Commission in Australia is promoting same-sex marriage in defiance of Australia’s parliament, which continues to reject the redefinition of marriage.
According to BBC reports, consulates in Australia have carried out dozens of same-sex ceremonies in a flagrant attempt to undermine the sovereignty of another country. Colin Hart, spokesman for the Coalition for Marriage, said there have apparently been over 30 in the capital, Canberra.
He said: ‘This is nothing more than playing politics and wasting taxpayers’ money, since these weddings (of UK citizens) have no legal standing in Australia.
‘What will be next? Will UK embassies be providing abortion facilities in Dublin, “sex change” operations in Moscow, or off-licence drinks in Riyadh? Obviously not. On a whole host of controversial issues, Britain would be much more respectful’.
He warned that the British government’s posturing comes at a sensitive time in Australia, where the RC Archbishop of Hobart has already been hauled before the Tasmanian ‘anti-discrimination’ tribunal over his views on traditional marriage.
Mr Hart continued, ‘As the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Rt Rev. Glenn Davies, said recently, “The campaign for same-sex marriage is not sailing on a raft of rainbows, but on a barge of bullies. Not only has this minority view tried to swamp the public debate with its introspective, authoritarian denial of free speech, it has struck at the heart of Australian democracy and the freedoms that we all cherish”.’ These comments were cited in The Australian.
Lyle Shelton, head of the Australian Christian Lobby, responded, ‘We’re seeing the negative consequences of the decision that Britain has made in terms of the impacts on the rights and freedoms of other people in the UK, particularly people of faith. I think it’s up to Australia to make its own decision and not to be swayed by what other nations might do’.