Interview with Fiona Parker ABC Central Victoria: 20.10.15
The previous 6PR interview with Commissioner Tim Wilson is also ‘enlightening’.
The points are similar but there’s an issue at the 9-minute mark. Fiona mentions a media release from the Rationalists Society (RSA) quoting “a time for commonsense” in resolving concerns of Christian businesses in the wedding industry. They want exemptions from anti-discrimination laws, once same-sex marriage is legalised. It referred to one solution: “to divide the marriage act into Civil and Religious Unions… as suggested by HR Commissioner Tim Wilson.” This policy fails the “equality test“. At this stage I was not aware that a similar option was favoured by RSA — a policy of “Disclose and Refer”. Christian business could refuse service to gay couples, provided they publicly disclosed their policy and referred them to other suppliers. Had I know at the time, I would have repudiated the idea as just another example of discrimination by proxy. The HRC “Religious Freedom” roundtable is essentially a forum for “Religious Privilege“.
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