No side wants more ‘No’

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS NATION & WORLD - – Claire Bick­ers

THE Yes cam­paign has crit­i­cised a new gay mar­riage bill that would al­low busi­nesses to refuse to pro­vide ser­vices for a same-sex wed­ding.

“This is not a mar­riage equal­ity bill,” The Equal­ity Cam­paign’s Anna Brown said yes­ter­day.

“It’s about en­shrin­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion and tak­ing Aus­tralia back decades.

“Aus­tralians are vot­ing to make our coun­try a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where peo­ple can be de­nied ser­vice at a shop.”

Under the bill re­leased yes­ter­day by con­ser­va­tive MPs to le­galise same-sex mar­riage, busi­nesses would be able to claim “con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tion” and refuse to pro­vide ser­vices for a gay cou­ple’s wed­ding. Min­is­ters of re­li­gion and cel­e­brants who ob­ject to gay mar­riage would also be able to refuse to pre­side over a wed­ding if it went against their be­liefs under the new bill.

It would also in­tro­duce a Safe Schools clause that would al­low par­ents to pull their chil­dren out of classes that con­flicted with their val­ues, in­tro­duce free­dom of speech pro­tec­tions for peo­ple who spoke out against gay mar­riage, and in­tro­duce an “an­tidetri­ment clause” that would pre­vent gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties from tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against an in­di­vid­ual “with a tra­di­tional view of mar­riage”.

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