Federal Labor’s promised discrimination commissioner for gay and gender fluid ideology will only serve to escalate vexatious, farcical and divisive cases that run against Tasmanian Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous, the Australian Christian Lobby has warned.

Archbishop Porteous was tied up before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission for six months after the transgender activist and Greens candidate Martine Delaney launched a legal action in the commission.

Archbishop Porteous’ crime was to distribute the Australian Catholic Bishop Conference’s pastoral letter on marriage to Catholic school communities, something “marriage equality” leaders described as distributing “hate”.

The complaint was withdrawn recently without resolution after it was hurting the campaign to change the definition of marriage, undermining activists’ claims that same-sex marriage has no effect on the wider community.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton said a LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner would have nothing to do apart from pursue spurious actions against Australians who wished to live out their conviction that marriage is between a man and a woman and that children’s gender is not fluid.

“There is no discrimination in Australian law against same-sex attracted people. Same-sex couples have all the legal rights and privileges of married couples,” Mr Shelton said.

“There will be no work for a LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner because there is no discrimination under Australian law. That was all removed in 2008 with the support of groups like ACL.

“The Australian Law Reform Commission has recently suggested a review of anti-discrimination laws due to concerns about their overreach against basic freedoms.

“Labor is moving in the opposite direction to the Australian Law Reform Commission,” Mr Shelton said.

“With Labor promising to fund teaching children their gender is fluid through the so-called Safe Schools program, a LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner could also be used to put pressure on parents who disagreed.

“Labor and Bill Shorten have made the July 2 election a ‘rainbow election’ where people will have a choice to vote for gender theory in schools and more litigation against people who disagree with changing the definition of marriage,” Mr Shelton said.


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