Media Release
Tuesday November 29 2016

Advocates have welcomed a proposal for a senate inquiry into marriage equality with a focus on reviewing exemptions proposed by the federal government that would allow discrimination solely against same-sex couples.

Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh said,

"We welcome this inquiry because it will allow LGBTI people and our allies to express their concerns about exemptions that would allow discrimination against same-sex couples and no one else."

"We will be launching a webform when the inquiry is established that will allow all Australians to express their concerns about allowing such targeted discrimination."

The senate inquiry will look at government marriage equality legislation that was proposed together with the now defunct plebiscite.

The proposed legislation would allow civil celebrants and religious bodies that run businesses and provide goods and services to discriminate against same-sex couples who intend to marry.

Discrimination against non-LGBTI couples by civil celebrants or religious bodies will continue to be illegal. 

Religious celebrants can currently discriminate against any couple and will continue to be able to. 

For more information contact Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826