The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Cathedral, QLD
“The shape and character of marriage has been evolving for thousands of years. In the middle of the last century, marriage was seen as a social institution and women were still handed over to their husbands. People often got married because they had to.
Over the last thirty years or so heterosexual couples have transformed the shape of marriage. Today, a marriage ceremony is a public declaration of love by two people who wish to dedicate their lives to each other.
As a result LGBTI people now recognise marriage as something that describes the hopes and dreams they hold for their relationships. I have enjoyed the friendship of LGBTI people for most of my life. I have been privileged to observe the dedication and love they express in their relationships.
The marriage service in the Anglican Church commences with a quote from the Bible, ‘God is love, and those who live in love, live in God, and God lives in them’. Marriage equality will allow our community to celebrate a wider range of loving relationships and will therefore strengthen our common life.”
Rev’d Rowland Croucher, Baptist Minister, Sydney
“How can I, a heterosexual who’s been very happily married for 50 years, tell anyone else they don’t have the right to form a loving, committed, lifelong union and enjoy the fruits of marriage as I have done? Marriage is not a club to be restricted to some. Like the Gospel, it is a blessing to be shared.”
Venerable Bhante Sujato, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, 12 April 2012
"We believe that marriage should be a commitment between people and that it's irrelevant whether it's a man and a woman, two women or two men. And that it's about the love and the sharing that the two people have for each other." (More)
Australian Council of Hindu Clergy, 2016
"We totally support human rights and equality of gender within the secular Australian society in which we live, and have no opposition whatsoever to any changes in the law and the legal definition of marriage that the democratic society deems necessary for the well-being and happiness of all citizens whatever be their gender."(More)
Steve Denenberg, Executive Director, Union for Progressive Judaism, 19 April 2012
“Based on our beliefs that each person is created in the image of God, the way that person expresses his or her sexuality, each person is equal. Therefore, their rights for full participation in society should be equal, including the right to marry. Equality would dictate that same-gender couples should be able to marry.” (More)
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers in Australia)
Julian Robertson, Presiding Clerk, Australia Yearly Meeting, 6 August 2015
“Our views on marriage arise out of the testimony on equality and justice. Quakers regard marriage and commitment as a fundamentally spiritual matter… In recent years, as a result of our consistently held belief in the equal worth of all people, Australian Quakers have recognised that committed, same-sex relationships are as valuable as other committed and loving relationships. We have celebrated same-sex commitment ceremonies within our Meetings… "
"We are aware that some other denominations oppose making marriage available to same-sex couples, but ask you to note that those views are not representative of all Christians in Australia.” (More)
Rev’d Bill Crews, Uniting Church Minister, Sydney
“Today in Australia we all live in a secular non-discriminatory society. Churches and other spiritual institutions exist within this society. It seems to me that in a secular and non-discriminatory society gay couples should be as free to marry as any other human couple. If people wish to be married within a religious or spiritual institution’s framework then they should accept the rites and rules of that institution. However, it is the state that legitimises all marriages.”