The Equality Campaign has called on the Federal Government to ensure the will of the Australian people, as reflected by the overwhelming vote in parliament for marriage equality, is upheld and that there are no negatives impacts on the LGBTI community following the finalisation of the Ruddock report on religious freedoms.
The Campaign has worked with various organisations and individuals, including many LGBTI allied faith-based organisations, to ensure as many people as possible shared their support for the LGBTI community with the panel.
The Equality Campaign has urged the Religious Freedom Review panel to ensure the LGBTI community is treated equally and fairly in all laws. The Dean Smith Bill was the result of a robust process that delivered marriage equality while protecting the religious celebration of marriage, and exemptions should not target LGBTI people.
Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy for the Human Rights Law Centre said,“The Australian community did not vote for more discrimination, they voted overwhelmingly for fairness and equality for LGBTI people. People should not be discriminated against because of their sexuality or faith.
"At the same time, the existing blanket exemptions that automatically privilege the rights of religious groups over other Australians must be abolished," Ms Brown said.
Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality, said, “After a bruising year for the LGBTIQ community, any recommendations should promote harmony and healing, and not stoke division.
To read Equality Campaign's submission to the Religious Freedom Review, click here.