The High Court of Australia threw out the challenges to the constitutionality of the Marriage Survey yesterday. Attention now turns to how to preserve the integrity of the debate, and future freedoms.
David Crowe wrote in The Australian newspaper today that after the High Court's unanimous 7-0 ruling in favour of the survey, the next battle was the rules of engagement for claims that could be made during the survey.
Australian Conservatives founder and leader, Senator Cory Bernardi, expressed concern about the freedom that people of conscience and belief would have if a simple 'Yes' in the Australian Bureau of Statistics-run survey was used as a licence to redefine marriage.
"The same-sex marriage advocates are asking the Australian people to write them the equivalent of a blank cheque," Senator Bernardi said, "Given their track record of bullying, intimidation and the shutting down of debate and religious tolerance, no one should consider that a wise thing to do."
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