The Law Society of New South Wales, in its wisdom, decided to issue a statement back in August that gave the impression all of its members supported redefining marriage.
That’s the way things are supposed to work in the world of ‘marriage equality’: the Central Committee decides your moral worldview.
However, we’re not there just yet and the statement has backfired spectacularly. More than 250 lawyers forced a humiliating retreat.
And now the Law Society of New South Wales has had to tell the truth: not only did the Law Society not ask its members their views about marriage, but the Law Society cannot guarantee legal freedoms won’t be stripped if marriage is redefined because no one has the foggiest idea about what the actual law may look like.
This is from the Law Society’s embarrassing statement today:
In light of concerns raised with her that the press release held out that solicitors had formed a united view on same-sex marriage, the President wishes to state that they have not. There has been no survey or poll of solicitors on the issue…
…Lawyers have an obligation to question any adverse consequence of a proposed change to the existing law, in particular how it will affect the dignity and equality of all Australians and the impact on justice, fairness and other freedoms. This is made difficult, if not impossible when there is no available draft legislation containing the proposed change.
If the Laws Society of New South Wales has no idea what the impacts of ‘marriage equality’ will be, how can Australians have any idea what they are actually voting for?