Submission Group 14

This is a timely inquiry, coming at a time when the homosexual lobby has managed to pass much legislation which, in its own right, and especially in conjunction with existing anti-discrimination laws, is likely to severely curtail religious freedom in Australia.

We refer, particularly, to recent Federal legislation redefining marriage and also to State legislation mandating or permitting the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle and transgender ideology in schools under the guise of the ‘anti-bullying’ Safe Schools program. Combined with ‘anti-discrimination’ laws, such legislation will place severe restrictions on the freedom of religion for business owners, parents and students.

To take just one example from overseas, where legislation has taken a similar course but has had longer to play-out; Robert and Cynthia Gifford of New York, owners of an Albany-area farm, were found to have violated the civil rights of a lesbian couple when they declined to host the couple’s same-sex wedding ceremony in 2012. They were fined $10,000 and made to pay an additional $3,000 in damages to the lesbian couple. And there have also been many instances in the US where parents have been threatened by school officials for complaining about pornographic material forming part of the homosexual ‘anti-bullying’ programs in schools (see:

Australia, lagging behind much of the West in this regard, has yet been spared some of these consequences. But we trust that this inquiry will provide a good opportunity to review the dangers posed to freedom of religion should Australia fail to repent of redefining marriage, allowing homosexual propaganda programs into schools and adding ‘sexuality’ and ‘gender identity’ as protected attributes in ‘anti-discrimination’ laws.

We urge the panel to report on these dangers and, in the interests of protecting freedom of religion, to recommend that Australia take concrete steps to reclaim some of the legislative ground already lost to the homosexual lobby.

*The following people presented submissions which were substantially similar to, or variations of, this submission
Alan and Marie Alford Anthony and Patricia Gregory Ben Riley Geoffrey and Judith Grayden
Jonathan Rohrlach Joy Andrew Rosemarie Henderson Daniel Giles