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Pell wrong on marriage equality and offends couples who can’t have children

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 4 Apr 2012

Catholic Cardinal Pell has maintained his marriage sceptic credentials and offended couples who cannot have children in his latest attack removing discrimination from the Marriage Act, the Australian Greens said today.

"Cardinal Pell claims marriage is only to create children, but that remark is a slur on every couple who cannot or choose not to have children," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"By his logic, no person should be permitted to get married if they cannot or choose not to have children.

"No matter how many times religious figures attack those who support marriage equality, they are powerless against the unstoppable movement in Australia.

"More than 45,000 submissions in favour have been made for my Marriage Equality amendment bill 2010 which shows the depth of feeling Australians have for same-sex marriage. We're keen to see the final breakdown of figures in the coming weeks.

"Weddings in Australia are now largely secular public celebrations, showing that it is an institution which can always adapt to changes in society.

"Australians have made their voices clear to the Senate. It's now up to parliamentarians from both sides to listen to them and act accordingly. Cupid does not discriminate in love and it's time the Marriage Act was changed to reflect that."

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