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ADF International will host a discussion on same-sex marriage and fundamental freedoms in New York on 1 November; Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to address media about the ongoing vote in Australia

SPEAKERS:  Tony Abbott, MP, 28th Prime Minister of Australia;
     Michael P. Farris, President and CEO, ADF International;
     Paul Coleman, Executive Director, ADF International;
     Barronelle Stutzman, Owner Arlene’s Flowers;

EVENT: “The Australian Marriage Vote and Fundamental Freedoms”

DATE:
 Wednesday, 1 November, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

PLACE:
 The Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

NEW YORK
 – On 1 November, ADF International will host an evening discussion with former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, MP about the ongoing vote on same-sex marriage in Australia . Mr Abbott will address media and delegates in a keynote speech on why legalizing same-sex marriage fundamentally changes society. He will address media and delegates in a keynote speech on the effects of redefining marriage upon society.

Abbott is rallying in Australia for reserving the term “marriage” for relationships between one man and one woman. Media interested in attending the event should RSVP in advance at the event registration webpage.

“I want a country where everyone gets a fair go and where no one is discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, religion, political opinion or sexuality,” said Abbott in the lead-up to the event.

“That does not mean, we cannot continue to reserve the term marriage for the relationship of one man with one woman, ideally for life and usually dedicated to children.”

“All the overseas evidence shows that allowing ‘any two persons’ to marry brings many other changes in its wake. In America, a baker has been prosecuted for refusing to bake a wedding cake. In Britain, Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to close down and an orthodox Jewish school threatened with defunding. If the advocates for same sex marriage can't demonstrate how freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental choice will be protected in their brave new world, they're asking voters to sign a blank cheque.”

New US marriage laws and their consequences

ADF International President and CEO Michael Farris will also speak at the event., which ADF International Executive Director Paul Coleman will host.

“The freedom to peacefully live, work, and speak according to one’s conscience without threat of government punishment is critical to a free society,” Farris said.

“The belief that marriage is a union between a man and woman has cut across races, religions, culture, and time. In America today, the government is discriminating against those who hold this belief, and driving them out of their jobs and the public square. For instance, a floral designer who faithfully served a customer for nine years may lose her business, her home, and her life savings for referring him to another florist for his same-sex wedding. Other examples include artists being threatened with jail time simply for wanting to create art that is only consistent with their convictions.”

That floral designer, Barronelle Stutzman, will also speak at the Nov. 1 event.

“Same-sex marriage advocates promised that those holding opposing views would not be harassed,” Farris noted. “That promise has been repeatedly shattered, and people who don’t want to participate are having their very livelihoods placed in jeopardy.”

Requests for interviews can be submitted before the event to: globalmedia@adfinternational.org.

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