A lack of loving commitment

Sydney Morning Herald

Malcolm Turnbull isn’t right on many things and certainly was wrong about the Carbon Tax but he is dead right on this issue:

MALCOLM TURNBULL has accused those who claim legalising gay marriage would undermine the institution of ”dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy”, in a speech defying the Coalition’s opposition to changing the law.

Mr Turnbull, a frontbencher who cannot vote for gay marriage because of Tony Abbott’s refusal to give Liberals a conscience vote, said the ”deepest pools” of this hypocrisy were all too often found ”among the most sanctimonious”.

”Let us be honest with each other. The threat to marriage is not the gays. It is a lack of loving commitment – whether it is found in the form of neglect, indifference, cruelty or adultery, to name just a few manifestations of the loveless desert in which too many marriages come to grief.”

”I am utterly unpersuaded by the proposition that my marriage to Lucy, or indeed any marriage, is undermined by two gay men or two lesbians setting up house down the road – whether it is called a marriage or not.

”Do the bishops seriously imagine that legalising gay marriage will result in thousands of parties to heterosexual marriages suddenly deciding to get divorced so they can marry a person of the same sex?”

Mr Abbott has said marriage is between a man and a woman not just to fulfil their own personal happiness ”but because we have obligations to the children that come with families”.

But criticising those who objected to gay marriage on the grounds that children deserved to have a mother and a father, Mr Turnbull said that ”in an ideal world, as opposed to this vale of tears, the best parents for any child are their biological parents. However, in many cases one or even both biological parents are simply not there. And … not infrequently, even when they are there, one or both of the biological parents are neither loving nor wise.”

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