Wallabies captain David Pocock has cited his Christian faith as the reason he is in favour of a change to the Marriage Act to include same-sex couples.

“It’s my understanding that Jesus was on the side of the marginalised and the oppressed. And also that God is love,” Pocock said.

“So as a Christian I can’t just stand in silence on the issue of marriage equality. My faith necessitates that I advocate for it.”

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convenor Alex Greenwich used the statement to launch a web tool to help Christian supporters easily make submissions to the current Senate inquiry into marriage equality.

“Mr Pocock joins a growing number of vocal Christian supporters of marriage equality. We hope their voices are heard by the current Senate inquiry into marriage equality,” Greenwich said.

“Polling late last year showed 53 percent of Christians support marriage equality, Galaxy’s most recent poll showed 62 percent of Australians support marriage equality, and when given assurances about religious protections, support is further strengthened.”

Baptist, Uniting, Anglican, Jewish, and Metropolitan Community Church clergy from across Australia have already written to all members of the federal House of Representatives,  asking them to support a motion introduced by Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie about marriage equality and religion.

“While the issue of same-sex marriage is supported by some churches and opposed by others, one area that all churches would agree on is that religious ministers should be under no obligation to perform same-sex marriages if it does not accord with the doctrines of their faith,” the letter reads.

Greenwich praised the letter as a “much needed sign of maturity in an often heated debate”.

“Rather than engaging in alarmist scaremongering, this group of 15 respected clergy have taken steps to help us reassure faith groups that no church will be under any obligation to marry same-sex couples,” he said.

“We hope this motion will send a clear message that the proposed amendments to the Marriage Act are about civil marriage, and will not affect the way any church chooses to practise or define marriage.

“We hope support for this motion sends a clear message to Bob Katter, the Australian Christian lobby and other concerned groups that we come in peace.”

 

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