We don’t have to be religious or one particular faith to value marriage. What we are looking at is the legal definition of marriage, and everyone should be treated equally under the law. We know that no religious group will be forced to marry a lesbian or gay couple against their beliefs (just like some religious authorities won’t marry people who are divorced). While marriage equality will take nothing away from the religious freedom of those who oppose it, it will actually uphold the religious freedom of those who support it. The research actually tells us that the majority of Australians of faith – including 59% of Christians and 75% of followers of other religions – are in favour of marriage equality. Here in Australia the Society of Friends (Quakers), some Jewish synagogues and rabbis, the Metropolitan Community Church, and individual congregations and celebrants within the Anglican, Uniting Church and Baptist churches all condone or perform same-sex unions. Over 100 leading Christian ministers have publicly declared their support for marriage equality including several Anglican bishops. But their religious freedoms and views are being disrespected, because the samesex ceremonies they perform lack the legal standing of marriage.