Turn­bull backs church in gay mar­riage row

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Australia’s

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull de­fended the right of a church to refuse to marry a young cou­ple who had posted sup­port for same­sex unions on so­cial me­dia.

Australia is in the midst of a non-com­pul­sory, non­bind­ing poll to in­form Par­lia­ment on whether it should be­come the 25th coun­try to le­galise same-sex mar­riage. “Churches are free to marry who­ever they like,” Turn­bull said on Fri­day. “Re­li­gious free­dom is fun­da­men­tal and it will be pro­tected in any bill that emerges from this Par­lia­ment.” (Reuters)

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