Conservatives Try to Sneak 'Religious Freedom' Into Australia's Marriage Bill

Conservatives Try to Sneak 'Religious Freedom' Into Australia's Marriage Bill

Conservatives Try to Sneak 'Religious Freedom' Into Australia's Marriage Bill

Liberal senator Dean Smith wants a private member's bill on same-sex marriage.

Debates are expected to kick off with Senator Dean Smith's bill.

"If you are a gay man or a gay woman and you go into a florist and say "I'd like to buy a bunch of flowers", it's just wrong and illegal for florist to say "I don't" serve gay people" just as it would be wrong or illegal for the florist to say to an indigenous person "I don't serve indigenous people'".

"If it's legally and morally wrong to discriminate against one gay person, I don't know how it becomes right to discriminate against two", Brandis said. If passed, this law would, for example, allow a baker to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple, or students to "opt out of classes that conflict with their values", said Paterson.

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Liberal senator James Paterson's drafted legislation include extreme exemptions.

"If the result of the vote is Yes, we want protections for parents, protections for religious institutions and charities to be free to express contrary views without being held to account by discrimination laws", Mr Goodenough said.

SYDNEY == The head of Australia's marriage equality push has slammed calls for anti-discrimination exemptions to be legalised under the guise of "religious freedoms" in the event of a yes vote in the postal survey, claiming such moves would be against the spirit of the support for the reform.

The suggested laws have been received by supporters of the "yes" vote as a "kick in the teeth" to the gay community and which would roll back the clock on anti-discrimination legislation.

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Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.

Eight in 10 Australians have had their say in the government survey.

Senator Smith last night exclusively told The Sunday Times his Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 would be tabled in Parliament the next day. If successful, the Prime Minister has said that parliament should resolve the issue before they break for Christmas. It permits ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise a marriage and it allows bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to provide goods or services for the purposes of the solemnisation of a marriage, ' Ms McLeod said.

There will be no cabinet or party room position on any matter related to the bill, allowing each MP to vote as they wish on any proposed amendments.

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After months of campaigning from both sides of the spectrum, the votes from Australia's historic same-sex marriage postal survey have been counted, and will finally be revealed on Wednesday, November 15, at 10am AEDT.

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