Christian school urges parents to vote 'no' in Australia same-sex marriage survey

A Christian school in Adelaide, Australia, has sent a letter to parents of its students encouraging them to vote "no" during the upcoming postal survey on the country's same-sex marriage law as supporters of the "yes" campaign rallied.

(REUTERS / Jason Reed)People attend a rally for marriage equality of same-sex couples in Sydney, Australia, September 10, 2017.

In a three-page letter sent home to parents, Sunrise Christian School principal Shane Hosking talked about the upcoming postal vote on same-sex marriage in Australia and asked them to vote "no." He included Bible verses and cited national laws that define marriage as an institution exclusively between one man and one woman, ABC relayed.

"We are, respectfully, asking all those associated with the school community to participate and vote 'NO' in the survey," said Hosking in the letter. "It seems unlikely that any similar opportunity will arise in the future to express an opinion on what is a fundamental building block of our society."

During a gathering for the launching of Australian Christians for Marriage Equality's Adelaide chapter, AnglicareSA chief executive Rev. Peter Sandeman said students and their parents have to be able to freely decide on which side to vote. He also spoke out against institutions that attempt to enforce their religious beliefs on people.

However, Christopher Brohier from Coalition for Marriage said each group had the right to express its views in a respectful and logical manner. He said he had no problem with groups stating their view, like what Qantas did before.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come out in support for the "yes" campaign at an event in Sydney on Sept. 10. He said he had been fighting discrimination against same-sex couples and mentioned that the entitlements they receive should also be extended to marriage, the BBC reported.

Although Turnbull previously expressed support for the vote for same-sex marriage, it was the first time that he has campaigned publicly for the "yes" side. He pointed out that gay marriage had already been legalized in 23 countries and yet traditional marriage has not been undermined in those places.

The postal survey on the proposal to change Australia's Marriage Act is currently being sent to voters. The results are expected to be out by November.