‘Whatever your point of view on this subject is undoubtedly one that is important to the structure of our social structure. Changing the definition of marriage has broad ramifications and should not be taken lightly by any society, ‘Houston wrote in a press release.
‘All Australians should be part of this process, not just a select few,’ he added. More than 122 million in ballots will be sent to Australians asking them if gay marriage should be legal.
The consultation came after the country’s ruling party refused to vote on a bill in favor of gay marriage. This vote will only serve as public feedback.
However, if the majority of the country says they are in favor of same-sex marriage, a bill could pass through Parliament fairly quickly.
“Of all the concerns one might have about this issue, the least one to be concerned about is what will happen in the Parliament if the plebiscite is approved by the Australian people,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said last year. “It will sail through, absolutely sail through.”
‘I’m going to vote yes, too (my wife), I’m very open about that, but the Australian people are never wrong when they vote, whether for governments or in matters like this, their vote will be respected.’
Australia will decide to legalize gay marriage through a mail-order vote in September. It is noteworthy that a recent survey by Australian Equal Marriage says that 72% Australians support the legalization of the homosexual union. If Australians are in favor of the legalization of gay marriage, it is expected to legislate on the issue before December 7, when the Australian Parliament ends its legislative sessions.
Houston tells Christians to be a part of the conversation and not waste the opportunity to take a stand for their beliefs.
“I believe that many Australians who are often referred to as the ‘silent majority’ feel strongly on this subject but allow louder and often more aggressive voices to control the public dialogue,” Houston wrote.
Houston said that believers should not allow the fear of being labeled a “bigot” stop them from casting a vote.
“For Christians, the issue is also a matter of faith and biblical teaching, something that should never be mocked or downplayed by those with opposing views,” he said.
“Some of those advocating for change, to the definition of marriage have confused faith convictions with bigotry, however they must understand that Christian – and other religious beliefs – are extremely important to those who hold them and in fact are vital to a tolerant and free society,” he added.