The following article is a re-post from the conjugality section of the MercatorNet website and is by editor Michael Cook 20th Nov 2015
A transgender activist is trying to silence the Catholic Church in the Australian state of Tasmania on the issues of homosexuality, transgender, and same-sex marriage.
Martine Delaney, who will be a Greens candidate for the next Federal election, has lodged a complaint with the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission over a booklet produced by Australia’s Catholic bishops, “Don’t Mess with Marriage”. It was distributed in Tasmania by the Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous, to the parents of students in Catholic schools. The two parties have just announced that they wil attend a conciliation conference.
In a lengthy press release Ms Delaney said that the booklet only pays lip service to respect for same-sex-attracted Australians by insisting that they should be treated with “respect, sensitivity, and love”. But she interprets these as weasel words. She says:
“Despite the assertion it’s respectful, this booklet says same-sex partners don’t deserve equal recognition, same-sex-attracted people are not ‘whole’ people and the children of same-sex partners are not ‘healthy’.
“By spreading this message, the Church does immeasurable harm to the wellbeing of same-sex couples and their families across Tasmania and the nation – particularly those who are students, teachers or parents within the Catholic education system.”