Now I wonder what you think of this. As Barney Zwartz reports on his blog on The Age website, there has been a little group formed in Melbourne that goes by the rather odd title of the “Ad Hoc Interfaith Committee”. It has nothing to do with me other than the fact that our Commission office was informed about it and some members have attended and we fully support its objectives. The real drivers behind the show are Rabbi Shimon Cowen and Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini (the latter of our John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family). Rabbi Cowen has provided most of the “interfaith” flavour, but it has had a reasonable support from a number of non-Catholic Christian groups. Their reason for existence is to present an across-the-board religious response to a number of bills before our State parliament regarding family and bioethical issues.
Here is their latest proposal–one that seems to strike most commentators at Barney’s blog as eminently sensible. In response to the Victorian Government’s proposal to set up a “relationship register” for same sex couples, the Ad Hoc Committee have called for a broadening of application by removing all references to any sexual relationship that may exist between the parties so that it can apply to any significant relationships across the board that are not protected by other means. Click here for the details and then come back and comment on what you think.