The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) will join with several other religious organisations to hold an anti-gay marriage event in Melbourne this weekend.

‘Defending Marriage’ will be held at the South Eastern Christian Centre in Endeavour Hills on Sunday, May 15, and has been organised by the ACL, the Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society, the Australian Family Association and the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.

The forum is being advertised as a way ‘to help resource Christians to play their part in defending marriage against the push to have it re-defined’ and of ‘opposing the drive for same-sex marriage in Australia’.

Speakers at the event included ACL chief of staff Lyle Shelton, and US professor Dale Kuehne.

Kuehne is the author of Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism, and a ‘traditional’ marriage advocate. He teaches politics at St Anselm, Georgetown — a Catholic college in New Hampshire — and is an ordained pastor.

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convenor Alex Greenwich told the Star Observer he was unsure why the ACL called their forum ‘Defending Marriage’, when no one was attacking marriage.

“Let me once again provide the ACL with the assurance that GLBTIQ Australians have the greatest respect for the institution of marriage, and that is why we are fighting so hard to be a part of it,” he said.

“The continued campaign by the ACL against our rights is a call to action for all supporters of equality to contact their federal representatives about this key issue.”

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