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Same-sex marriage will be anything but a litigation-free zone for years to come

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13.01.2018

People who are not religious still have convictions. They are also entitled to freedom of conscience, irrespective of whether they are in a majority or minority.

As a strong proponent of removing the government's power to tell us who we can marry, I applauded the move to legalise same-sex marriage. However, I was disappointed that amendments to respect those who hold a different point of view were rejected.

In a free society, the majority does not impose its views on the minority. Rather, it protects the right of us each to have our own opinion as long as our actions do not harm others. And just to be clear, taking offence does not qualify as harm.

In an effort to mollify those opposed to same-sex marriage, the Turnbull government established an expert panel to examine religious freedom, chaired by Philip Ruddock. The inquiry, which began this week, will examine whether current legislation is robust enough to protect all those with religious objections from being forced into dealing with........

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