The Hon Bill Shorten MP
Leader of the Opposition
c/- PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Monday 23 March 2015
Dear Mr Shorten
Please Amend Senator Leyonhjelm’s Freedom to Marry Bill 2014
I am writing to you regarding Senator Leyonhjelm’s Freedom to Marry Bill 2014, about which debate is scheduled to begin on Thursday 26 March 2015.
Specifically, I call on you, and all federal parliamentary members of the Australian Labor Party, to seek to amend this legislation during debate to remove provisions that would allow civil celebrants to refuse to provide services to LGBTI-inclusive couples, based on nothing more than the celebrant’s personal prejudice.
These provisions are wrong in principle, undermining legislation that is purported to promote the equal right to marriage by also expressly providing a ‘right’ to discriminate on the basis of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexphobia.
There is no justification to…
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