Speaking at his opening address to the Sydney diocese 2015 synod, Davies said:
“The antagonism of the world to the word of God is perhaps seen nowhere more acutely than in the virulent challenge to the definition of marriage which pervades conversations in the media, the workplace and even in our places of leisure. The bombardment, both subtle and not so subtle, is relentless.
“There simply is no marriage equality for everyone. Marriage necessarily has boundaries that even the adherents of the facile rhetoric of marriage equality cannot deny.”
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Arguing that the law prevents siblings and those already married from marriage equality, he said “we are the ones portrayed as being discriminatory in our defense of marriage, when in fact we are not alone.”
He continued that in defense of the definition of marriage supposedly created by god, “we need to be courageous in our discussions both in private and in public, yet we also need to be sensitive and loving in our defense of biblical truth.”
Although Davies expects “criticism…ridicule…and hatred,” he said Anglicans “must persuade with gentleness … sincerity and grace, as befits disciples of Christ.”