A Pentacostal Christian, Michael Pilbrow, running in the ALP has made marriage equality a top priority if he gets elected – with the state registering couples and churches equally and churches issuing marriage certificates. Gay Star News reports:
Pilbrow, a Pentecostal Christian, told the Goulburn Post that he saw no problem with allowing same-sex couples to marry and said the current law interfered with the separation of church and state. ‘The issue with the current Marriage Act is that the state has its fingers inside churches,’ Pilbrow told the paper. ‘A Church Minister, a Jewish Rabbi, a Buddhist Monk, [the leader of] whatever religion, or even a celebrant doing a non-religious ceremony is doing that as an agent of the state… and it is mixing the religious aspect of it up with the legal aspect of recognizing relationships. If I was elected I’d like to bring in a private members bill that would say let’s have a third option rather than the two that are being offered, which is to deal with the issue of the separation between church and state in marriage.’
While it’s heartening to see even Christians coming around on the issue of marriage equality, it’s truly sad that they are getting there before Australia’s single, atheist, liberal Prime Minister. It’s starting to look like Gillard just doesn’t like the gays.