With the same-sex marriage bill tabled for debate in the Lower House this week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed his views on legislating further religious freedoms that he believes are lacking from the Dean Smith bill that passed the Senate last week.
In an Interview with Sky News Australia, Turnbull says he will push amendments so that all civil celebrants have the right to say no to officiating same-sex marriages based on their religious beliefs.
The current Senate bill only allows civil celebrants who are registered, before the law changes, the right to say no to same-sex marriages, grandfathering that law for new celebrants.
“It’s to make it clear that there is nothing in the bill that prevents, inhibits or hinders anyone from expressing their views about what is the right, morally right, form of marriage.”
Turnbull, who has in the past said he cares more about religious freedoms than legislating same-sex marriage, also hopes to see further amendments introduced to the bill to protect parental rights to marriage education and protection of charities so they don’t lose their charitable status because of what could be perceived as discriminatory beliefs under anti-discrimination laws.
No amendments were accepted by the Senate last week when the bill passed, 43 to 12.
Watch the interview below:’