Pastor condemns policy change
THE debate about gay marriage took yet another step forward at the weekend after the Labor Party's policy on marriage was changed by removing wording that stated marriage could only be between a man and a woman, and Warwick Wesleyan Methodist pastor Peter Wiggins is not happy about the development.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she would allow a conscience vote on the issue of the change in party platform and challenged Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to do the same - although he was yet to agree.
Mr Wiggins is angry about the historical decision, and that of the Queensland Government last week when State Parliament passed legislation to support same-sex civil unions.
"Shame on Queensland and its parliament - especially those MPs who voted for recognition of civil unions for homosexual partnerships," Mr Wiggins said.
Queensland LNP leader Campbell Newman said if they came to power after the next election, the state-based legislation would be repealed.
Mr Wiggins said he believed homosexuality was a chosen lifestyle. When asked why he thought gay people would choose that lifestyle, given it could be a hard road to travel, Mr Wiggins said he didn't know why.
"Why do people choose to live in de facto relationships? Or have sex before marriage and outside of marriage?" he said.
Mr Wiggins said he thought the debate would continue to rage if "the vocal minority keep agitating".
"As I have made clear before, God never says he hates homosexual people. God loves all people but he hates sin and he calls homosexual relationships sinful."
A gay Warwick resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said it was a good thing to see progress in the gay marriage debate.
"It'll never go away, until gay people feel equal to heterosexuals," he said.
The man said he wouldn't necessarily take advantage of a change in marriage laws but it was about having the choice.
"The option should be there," he said.
"What is wrong now is the fact choice just isn't there."