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Staunch Seventh Day Adventists Mr and Mrs John Preston Kellogg saw little need of education for their 17 children. It was the 1850’s for God’s sake! They expected the Second Coming of Christ any day now. Who needs algebra for a blissful eternity of endless days drifting on heavenly clouds playing harps? Spoiler: the anticipated …

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royal wedding bishop

The bishop who stole the show at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, Michael Curry, has smacked down an anti-LGBTIQ bishop who refuses to allow same-sex couples to wed. Curry, the presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, has placed a partial ban on New York Bishop William Love, who sent out a pastoral …

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Philip Ruddock

Many LGBTI people breathed a sigh of relief that the Ruddock Review didn’t recommend a roll back of LGBTI human rights. Many were pleased Philip Ruddock said there’s not a lot of evidence of discrimination against people of faith, particularly given how stridently the religious right claimed during the postal survey there was such evidence. …

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lgbt+ pride network

By Anja Hilkemeijer, University of Tasmania Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released both the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and the government’s response. Given the panel’s recommendations were leaked to the media some time ago, the full report contains few surprises. But today’s announcement ends months of speculation on how the government …

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Judges Gavel

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of religious protections at the federal level, but said the “delicate balance” between freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination would be better dealt with a National Human Rights Act. The federal government today released the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and its response, where …

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Scott Morrison religious freedom gay student Anti-Discrimination Laws

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new law to outlaw religious discrimination in the government’s response to the religious freedom review, but protections for LGBT students will be delayed until the second half of 2019. Morrison released the long-awaited Philip Ruddock-headed Religious Freedom Review on Thursday and announced the government backed all 20 of …

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lgbt+ pride network

Recently, RJ Miles shared with us the discrimination she experienced as a gay teacher in a religious school. Now Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel from Maurice Blackburn’s PRIDE Network examine the legal aspects of such discrimination. The good news is – such discrimination is not tolerated under Queensland law. On the surface, Australian anti-discrimination laws …

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Indonesia gay exorcism

LGBTIQ people in Indonesia are undergoing religious “exorcisms” as a form of “gay conversion” therapy in a bid to cure their “demonic” homosexuality. The Islamic exorcisms, known as “ruqyah”, are being used in parts of Indonesia to cure various physical and mental illnesses. The rituals are televised by an Indonesian TV program of the same …

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Equality Australia

A new organisation to fight for LGBTIQ law reform in Australia has been launched, with marriage equality lobby group Equality Campaign rebranding as Equality Australia. Prominent marriage equality campaigner Anna Brown will leave her current role at the Human Rights Law Centre to serve as the organisation’s CEO. Speaking on the 12 month anniversary of …

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Bill Shorten Scott Morrison Composite photo

LGBTIQ advocates have said the Coalition’s proposed amendments to protect LGBT students from discrimination in religious schools could make things worse, as action on the issue is delayed until the new year due to political deadlock. Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed a conscience vote on Wednesday – the second last sitting day of parliament for …

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