Same-sex marriage advocates are bullying people into accepting a legislative change, despite a majority of Australians being against it, Sydney’s Anglican Archbishop Glen Davies says.
Speaking to the ABC, Archbishop Davies said people who support marriage between a man and are woman are being shut out of the debate and coerced into silence.
“People have been sold a lie, their views are shutdown, marginalised, ostracised and pilloried in a bullying fashion,” he said.
“Even in Aboriginal culture marriage is valued as between a man and a woman.”
The Archbishop said he believed a national vote would reveal most Australians were against gay marriage.
“A plebiscite would identify there isn’t strong support for same-sex marriage as the proponents wish us to believe,” he said.
“It’s a monochrome view in the minority and it’s certainly not the view of the Australian Parliament.”
He said there would be widespread societal consequences particularly for children of same-sex parents if same-sex marriage was legalised.
The Archbishop also criticised big businesses that have recently added their support to the campaign for that change.
“I can’t see why same-sex marriage has anything to do with business for Pricewaterhouse or IBM or Google — why don’t they start talking about immigration, Aboriginal detention,” he questioned.
“They have been misled and bullied into taking a stance on the grounds of diversity.”
Archbishop’s views don’t reflect reality: advocacy groups
Equality Australia said the Archbishop’s position did not reflect the truth.
“Poll after poll has shown there’s a clear majority of Australians in favour of marriage equality, marriage equality has one of the highest approval ratings in the world,” The Equality Campaign’s director Tiernan Brady said.