In conversations about “marriage equality”, we are told religious freedom will be protected. But will it? There is good reason to believe that the legalisation of same-sex marriage will threaten religious freedom.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission recognises religious freedom as a human right that must be protected in Australia.
- International experience has shown that religious freedom has not been protected in jurisdictions where the definition of marriage has been changed to include same-sex couples.
- The claim that it is possible for faith communities to continue to define religious marriage in whatever way they wish in a society that has changed the legal meaning of marriage is simply not true.
- If certain voices and opinions are being silenced, it is a serious concern for all Australians and for future generations.
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