STEVE Irons was quoted in your paper as saying that “gay marriage supporters want us to rewrite the Bible”.
Wrong: as a secular nation, Australians do not licence MPs to base decisions on religious texts of any denomination, Christian or otherwise. We know where that can lead.
MPs are, however, expected to uphold Australian values of a fair go and equality for all.
Opponents of continued discrimination expect that MPs serve their communities by treating all taxpayers and citizens with equality, and not deny access to social institutions on the basis of race, gender, age or sexual preference.
Some people may wish to keep marriage as an exclusive club. This sort of snobbery (for that is what it is, after all) has no place in an egalitarian, secular Australia.
As it is possible that there will be a conscience vote in Parliament, I trust that Steve will contemplate this matter carefully, rather than making ill-considered and inaccurate comments such as were reported.