One of the handful of same-sex attracted people who are voting no in the marriage equality postal survey, Christian activist James Parker has penned an explanation of his views.
“I am labelled as bigoted, homophobic, and discriminatory and yet in the past I have risked imprisonment fighting for gay rights,” Parker wrote.
Parker explained in his essay that his concern is for families and children.
“These same-sex attracted men and women tell me they are voting no because they believe that wherever possible children have the right to know and be cared for by their biological parents in line with Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” he wrote.
“Understandably, many oppose any increase of commercial surrogacy and gay parenting, an obvious by-product of legalising same-sex marriage.”
Parker, who has said he grew up gay before discovering religion and leaving the “gay lifestyle” to embrace heterosexuality, was behind a campaign that distributed anti-LGBTI flyers around Perth earlier this year.
He claimed in his essay that gay de facto couples already have equal rights.
“Australia’s postal vote on marriage has never been about the equality of gay and lesbian couples,” wrote Parker.
“This debate is about preserving the communal freedoms of every Australian whatever their sexual attraction, and the best environment for raising future generations.”
He added that LGBTI No voters are finding solace within the No campaign.
“Sadly, most gays and lesbians only dare share online with me their reasons for voting No for fear of being bashed by Yes supporters,” he said.
“Gay men and women engaged in the No campaign report finding a belonging and respect that they have searched for and never quite found within the LGBTI community.”
Parker urged readers to resist the “aggressive, fundamentalist doctrine of gay ideology” on marriage.
“The lucky country already has it really good,” he wrote.
“Let’s just hope it doesn’t mess it up now.”