Conservative Party spokesman Lyle Shelton has welcomed news overnight that the Colorado cake artist, Jack Phillips, has won in the US Supreme Court after he was prosecuted for his belief that marriage is between a husband and wife.
“This is a victory for common sense,” Mr Shelton said.
“It is a challenge to the Turnbull Government, the Greens and Labor who have all indicated that wedding service providers must be punished for living out the belief that marriage is between a husband and wife.
“Jack Phillips is not ‘anti-gay’ and is happy to sell cakes to gay people. He just happens to believe marriage is between a husband and wife and wants to be free to stay true to that belief in the way he operates his family business.
“The challenge now for the Turnbull Government in the wake of the Ruddock inquiry into religious freedom will be to make sure activists don’t drag Australians through our courts because of their belief about marriage.”
Mr Shelton, who was a prominent leader in the campaign to preserve the definition of marriage, said the Yes campaign’s constant rubbishing of concerns about freedom of speech and religion meant that Australians expected that there would be “no consequences” for anyone with a dissenting belief.
“Turnbull Government members, the Greens and Labor did a good job at consequence-denying during the marriage campaign.
“Australians, of course, are tolerant and want to live-and-let-live and took this on face value.
“Many will be surprised as it emerges that freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of conscience were severely compromised by the change.
“Most people don’t know that Turnbull Government members teamed up with the Greens and Labor to vote down all of Senator James Paterson’s amendments which would have allowed Australia to remain tolerant of all views about marriage.”
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