The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has donated $1 million to the ‘no’ campaign against same sex marriage.
The donation to the Coalition for Marriage, made about a month ago, was announced by Archbishop Glenn Davies in his address to the 51st Synod on Monday, The Australian reports.
‘I consider the consequences of removing gender from the marriage construct will have irreparable consequences for our society, for our freedom of speech, our freedom of conscience and freedom of religion,’ Dr Davies said.
‘It is disingenuous to think otherwise.’
Dr Davies added that the Sydney Diocese had been granted approval from its standing committee to take the ‘bold step’ of withdrawing $1million from its Diocesan Endowment to promote the ‘no’ campaign.
Both the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns have claimed they are being outspent in the postal survey.
Tiernan Brady, the Equality campaign’s executive director, told The Australian: ‘We’ve always known opponents of equality have radically outspent the Yes side.’
‘But what they have in buckets of cash, we make up with in hundreds of thousands of Australians making the case for a fairer, more just and inclusive society.’
But last month, it emerged that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce had personally donated $1 million to the campaign in support of same sex marriage.