No side wants more ‘No’
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”.