Sydney criminal lawyer Andrew Tiedt recently stirred up controversy on the ABC’s The Drum website when he wrote an article about why he, a Christian who believes sex between people of the same sex is sinful, supports same-sex marriage.
“I believe in the Bible and what it says,” Tiedt wrote in ‘Legalise gay marriage, what’s the harm?’.
“Consequently, I believe that homosexual sex is sinful. While we’re on the topic, I also believe the following things are sinful: gossip, deceitfulness, hatred, and prejudice. But you notice something about all the sins in the above paragraph. Every single one of them is 100 percent legal.
“Pre-marital sex is legal, and so it should be. So is pre-marital cohabitation, open marriages, and that sex toy you keep locked in the bottom drawer. People can get divorced, they can remarry, they can cohabit before being married, and they can legally have all manner of relationships outside marriage.
“And yet, for some reason, we have this position where homosexual couples cannot get married.”
Tiedt told the Star Observer he wrote the article in the back of a taxi after being inspired by a screening of ABC TV’s Q and A.
“Multiple conversations with friends and being in the audience of Q&A the night Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) managing director Jim Wallace and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally spoke about gay marriage was what prompted me to write the article,” Tiedt said.
He said the ACL was entitled to its views but he disagreed with its notion that Christian values should form the basis of society’s laws.
“Only 2 percent of Christians regularly attend church and that is not a reasonable basis for our laws,” he said. “They’re our beliefs and not anyone else’s.”
Tiedt said he was pleasantly surprised by the comments posted in response to the article.
“Many people have disagreed with me but many more have politely agreed,” he said.
Asked when he thought same-sex marriage would be a reality in Australia, Tiedt said, “I don’t think this term but definitely under the next Labor Government — which sadly might not be for another 10 years.”