Gay Australian MP delivers emotional speech as he introduces same-sex marriage b…

Gay Australian MP delivers emotional speech as he introduces same-sex marriage bill tmbw.news/… A gay lawmaker on Thursday started the Australian Parliament’s debate on legal recognition for same-sex marriage with an emotional speech in which he warned against winding back LGBTQ rights.Dean Smith, a senator with the ruling conservative Liberal Party, has introduced a bill that would limit who could legally refuse to take part in same-sex marriage to churches, religious ministers and a new class of religious celebrants.But many same-sex marriage opponents want amendments to broaden the range of businesses and individuals who can legally refuse to provide services such as cakes, flowers or a venue to same-sex couples and new free-speech protections for those who denounce gay marriage. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal in Australia outside religious institutions.READ MORE: Australia votes ‘yes’ to gay marriage“Let me be clear: Amendments that seek to address other issues, or which seek to deny gay and lesbian Australians the full rights,…Read more on TmBW.News


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