She walked into church looking for the Pastor. ‘Yes, that’s me. Can I help you?’ She handed over a rainbow coloured book, a gift from the Christian Democratic Party and Australian Christian Lobby. I said ‘Thank You’ and wondered what the heck all this was about.

I often get given books. Some I’m glad to read, others not so. There is only so much time and I prefer to set my own reading agenda. I looked at the book. I had heard of it: Stealing From a Child – The Injustice of ‘Marriage Equality’ by David Van Gend. I put it in my bag and took it home; hardly my idea of light or happy reading. Perhaps one for the bookshelf.

The next day I idly started reading the introductory pages and was soon hooked. Stealing From a Child is a devastating critique of the current push for the redefinition of marriage. This is not just a matter of semantics and changing cultural standards. ‘Same-sex marriage’ is a matter of justice. Not justice for those who want to usurp the label ‘married’ or their right to define their own gender, but justice for children, amongst the most vulnerable in our society, and their natural right to both a mother and a father.

We only hear a one-sided argument in the media. If I had my way, I’d have every Christian, indeed every Australian, read this book and weigh the matter for themselves. Get the book. Read the book. Give the book – even if it’s not light and happy reading. This issue is just too important to ignore.