Sydney, Australia, Oct 16, 2017 / 23:09 pm
As Australians return their ballots for a poll that could aid the recognition of same-sex unions as marriages, the Archbishop of Sydney called for Christian charity in clearly explaining the importance of marriage as the union of man and woman.
"However the marriage debate pans out, I pray people will be able to say of us that we maintained clarity about real marriage while demonstrating charity towards all. God bless our country and its voters with such clarity and charity," said Archbishop Anthony Fisher in his Sunday homily Oct. 15.
Australia is currently conducting a voluntary postal survey as a plebiscite, a non-binding process to gauge public opinion. The survey closes Nov. 7. Results will be announced Nov. 15.
Only the federal government has the power to change Australian marriage law, the Australian high court has ruled. A "yes" vote would allow a bill to be introduced into Parliament, but would not guarantee its passage.