Turnbull Says Churches Free To Marry Cou­ples They Want

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Prime Min­is­ter Malcolm Turnbull has re­jected for­mer PM John Howard’s crit­i­cisms that re­li­gious free­dom is at risk if same-sex mar­riage is le­galised.

Yes­ter­day Mr Howard said Mr Turnbull’s gov­ern­ment was “wash­ing its hands of any re­spon­si­bil­ity” to pro­tect re­li­gious free­dom. His cri­tique in­cluded that Mr Turnbull has not said what spe­cific leg­is­la­tion will be put to par­lia­ment if there is a ma­jor­ity ‘Yes’ vote in the same-sex mar­riage sur­vey. Mr Turnbull re­sisted the pres­sure from Mr Howard to pro­vide specifics of the type of re­li­gious pro­tec­tion that would be in a bill to change the mar­riage laws. But he said there would be “strong pro­tec­tions for re­li­gious free­dom”.

“I just want to re­as­sure Aus­tralians that as strongly as I be­lieve in the right of same-sex cou­ples to marry, even more strongly, if you like, do I be­lieve in re­li­gious free­dom,” Mr Turnbull said.

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