The Australian Government is conducting a review into whether Australian law (Commonwealth, State and Territory) adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion with particular regard to the intersections between the enjoyment of the freedom of religion and other human rights.

The review has been set up by the Turnbull government in response to concerns (by opponents of marriage equality) that their religious freedoms would be impinged upon by marriage equality.


Freedom of religion is an expressed right already contained within s116 of the Australian Constitution, prohibiting the Government from enacting legislation that prohibits the free exercise of religion.

Some organisations (such as religious schools) already have exemptions from anti-discrimination laws that mean they can fire people for being gay or lesbian, or refuse to enroll students who have LGBTIQ parents. 

Opponents of marriage equality now want additional rights to refuse services (such as photographers, venues or even cakes) to LGBTIQ people who are getting married.

Rainbow Families strongly disagrees that service providers should be able to refuse services to LGBTIQ people and our families.

We will be making a submission to this inquiry, but we want to hear from you about your experiences.

The most powerful way for us to influence policy decisions is to tell our stories.

Can you share your thoughts with us about these issues?

- What do you think about some organisations (such as religious schools) having exemptions from anti-discrimination laws that mean they can fire people for being gay or lesbian, or refuse to enroll students who have LGBTIQ parents?
- Do you believe there should be additional exemptions that would allow people to refuse services (such as  photographers, venues or even bakers) to LGBTIQ people who are getting married?
- Do  you believe service providers should be able to refuse other services to LGBTIQ people and our families?
- Have you or your family ever experienced discrimination because you are LGBTIQ?

We will de-identify your response in the submission.

RESPOND HERE

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