Will ministers of religion be allowed to refuse same-sex marriage ceremonies?

Will ministers of religion be allowed to refuse same-sex marriage ceremonies?

A:

Yes. Ministers of religion are currently not bound to solemnise any marriage provided they comply with anti-discrimination laws. That will continue to be the case. The Bill proposes that ministers of religion can refuse to perform marriage ceremonies that are inconsistent with the doctrines, tenets or beliefs of their religion or where necessary to avoid injury to the religious susceptibilities of their followers, including not performing same-sex marriage ceremonies.

 

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