In advance of the 'yes' campaign's appearance at the National Press Club, the Coalition for Marriage today released ten questions which the ‘yes’ campaign is yet to answer. 

In countries where same-sex marriage has been legalised, people have been kicked out of university courses, fired, denied business or employment or forced to resign for expressing an opinion on marriage. Additionally, the rights of parents to shield their children from radical LGBTIQ sex and gender programs taught at school have been taken away.

Can Tiernan Brady ensure this will not happen in Australia?

The Coalition for Marriage calls on Tiernan Brady and Janine Middleton to use their appearance at the National Press Club to answer questions pertaining to the threat to religious freedom, freedom of speech and the link to radical sex education programs.

  1. Can you state right now what levels of religious freedom your campaign is willing to accept in any legislation passed to redefine marriage?

  2. Can you state right now what levels of protections for freedom of speech your campaign is willing to accept in any legislation to redefine marriage?

  3. Can you guarantee that radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education will not become compulsory in Australia as has occurred overseas?

  4. Do you agree with Bill Shorten’s proposal to wind back conscience protections if they are included in a law to change the Marriage Act passed under a Coalition government?

  5. If a change in marriage law has no consequences for religious freedom, how do you explain the Irish government overturning religious freedom protections just months after the referendum?

  6. Explain why ministers of religion should not worry that a ‘progressive’ government like that led by Stefan Löfven would seek to overturn protections for them

  7. Do you agree with the actions of your predecessor, Rodney Croome, who encouraged people to use anti-discrimination laws to take a Catholic Archbishop to the anti-discrimination commission?

  8. Do you agree with your colleague, Alex Greenwich, that there have been examples overseas of religious freedom being restricted after same sex marriage becomes law and, if so can you elaborate on these examples?

  9. Explain why the case of Vishnitz Girls School could never happen here?

  10. Explain why the Trinity Western University case could not happen here?

The ‘yes’ campaign owes it to the Australian people to explain clearly where it stands on issues of free speech, the freedom of religion and parental rights in relation to radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education before the public is asked to vote.

 

BACKGROUND BRIEF
  1. Can you state right now what levels of religious freedom your campaign is willing to accept in any legislation passed to redefine marriage?

  2. Can you state right now what levels of protections for freedom of speech your campaign is willing to accept in any legislation to redefine marriage?

  3. Can you guarantee that radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education will not become compulsory in Australia as has occurred overseas?

In Ontario, parents have no right to remove their children from radical LGBTIQ sex and education classes, even if the parent deems them to be age inappropriate or against religious beliefs. Canadian father Steve Tourloukis lost his battle to remove his kids from the class because the school board successfully argued that the program was so embedded in the curriculum that it was impossible, and that it was a source of bullying to allow kids to sit the classes out.

4. Do you support Bill Shorten’s proposal to wind back conscience protections if they are included in a law to change the Marriage Act passed under a Coalition government?

At a forum in 2015, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten committed a future Labor government to repealing conscience protections for business owners if they were provided for in initial legislation to change the Marriage Act.

5. If a change in marriage law has no consequences for religious freedom, how do you explain the Irish government overturning religious freedom protections just months after the referendum?

Just months after Ireland’s first same-sex wedding, Ireland’s Parliament passed a bill removing religious freedom protections which would allow faith-based institutions to continue to operate in accordance with their ethos.

6. Explain why ministers of religion should not worry that a ‘progressive’ government like that led by Stefan Löfven would seek to overturn protections for them

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Sweden since 2009. In June 2017, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that his Social Democrats party will work to ensure that all priests should wed same-sex couples.