Turnbull Says Churches Free To Marry Couples They Want
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.