This paper outlines some of the implications of same sex marriage. One of these is the accelerated legal and cultural damage to freedom of speech, conscience and religion for those who support traditional marriage. That issue is not just about forcing ministers to conduct weddings or bakers to bake cakes for same sex weddings. It is mainly about protecting individuals and organisations, schools and charities from being discriminated against by governments (Federal, State, Territory and local), persons or businesses just because those individuals or organisations hold or express a view in favour of traditional marriage. Robust protective laws are needed for those individuals and organisations, schools and charities. Such laws are not currently within the Coalition or the ALP’s understanding of “religious freedom protections” but need to be if a YES vote is not to create ongoing division.
The mantras ‘all belong’, ‘inclusion and respect’ espoused by Airbnb have been undermined by a new pledge the online accommodation provider is compelling all users sign.
Human Rights Law Alliance Director Martyn Iles speaks with Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton about the recent Ashers Bakery defeat in Northern Ireland.
The compulsion by law of Christian bakers in Northern Ireland to decorate a cake with a same-sex marriage political slogan is the latest example of the intolerance of those pushing for marriage to be redefined in law.
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