I don't fully understand the argument to be honest.
Christianity is only one culture though, it's not the only culture. Plenty of other cultures have/had different forms of marriage. I'm not Christian so why should I be bound by your beliefs?
By wanting marriage equality there needs to be a change in the actual definition of marriage, currently that definition is based on our Christian heritage whether people like it or not.
I'm a Christian and I'm still working my way through it all.
I certainly believe that the state has a responsibility to ensure its members are looked after so that one is not discriminated over the other, I don't know if that means the whole meaning of marriage needs to change.
I DO have an issue with forcing priests to marry people who don't conform to the priests beliefs. Thankfully, this proposal isn't doing that. This won't effect you at all. And it won't change any childrens rights either.
I have no idea why anyone would oppose this, unless your intent is to force people to conform to your personal beliefs.
I think the problem that some people find of concern is what is happening in the US and UK where organisations or businesses that choose not to do something that goes against their beliefs are being targetted and finding themselves being charged under hate crimes, fined and, in some cases although rare, jailed. Some are concerned that might happen here in Aus once this issues is resolved.
As a Christian I appose this change however I do not believe in standing in the way of it, and I acknowlegde that the change will come soon. I also support the view that same-sex relationships should be treated legally as any other form of relationship.
well businesses should just do 'what their business does', regardless of the sexual orientation of the customer. You cant spin discrimination to be a 'religious right' and then call the opposition to discrimination to being 'targeted'.
If the same business weren't serving wearers of polyester, shellfish eaters or adulteress I could maybe understand, at least we'd have some consistency, but they do serve those people. Refusing to serves gays is just throwing the toys out of the cot because same sex-marriage laws were upheld.