Tasmanian gay rights activist Martine Delaney — who yesterday confirmed she would run as a Greens candidate for the federal seat of Franklin — pursues a legal claim against the Catholic Church over a pastoral letter explaining its opposition to the redefinition of marriage… Ms Delaney told WIN News at the weekend she was taking her complaint about the Catholic pamphlet, titled Don’t Mess with Marriage, to the state’s anti-discrimination commissioner.
So this work is urgent and important:
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm … slammed Labor’s marriage equality bill for falling short on the protection of religious freedoms.
Following a key meeting last week, the NSW Presbyterian Assembly proposed its ministers be prohibited from conducting legal marriages if the law was changed. “The assembly considered what the church should do if marriage is redefined in Australia. It decided to ask the General Assembly of Australia to withdraw the whole church from the Marriage Act, so that our ministers could no longer solemnise marriages under the Marriage Act,” said a July 3 pastoral letter.
NSW [Presbyterian Assembly] moderator Kevin Murray told The Australian the church was concerned about exposure to possible discrimination action…
[Freedom commissioner Tim] Wilson has proposed civil and religious traditions of marriage be separated yet treated equally at law, while wedding service providers could also choose to restrict their business to traditional weddings.
The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, welcomed Mr Wilson’s contribution for addressing the effect of gay marriage on religious freedom.
Senator Leyonhjelm’s 2014 “freedom to marry” bill seeks to mollify conservatives by allowing civil celebrants to refuse to marry homosexual couples on conscience grounds, a point he says Labor and the Greens overlook.
No, the Left does not “overlook” this at all. Too many of their members are just intellectual thugs, seeking to impose their views by force.
By Andrew Bolt