Rainbow activists should live and let live

October 10, 2018

Same-sex marriage should not be used as a weapon to force people to give up their beliefs, so says Conservative Party spokesman Lyle Shelton.

“The Yes Campaign said during last year’s marriage plebiscite that no one else’s freedoms would be affected by the change. If they really meant this, they should now lay down their weapons and live and let live. The 4.7 million Australians who voted No should be allowed to be out and proud about their dissenting view of marriage without fear of retribution," Mr Shelton said.

“Schools, charities, churches and mosques should be free to practice and teach the time-honoured view of heterosexual marriage with the same freedom they enjoyed before the definition of marriage changed. ‘No consequences’ is what the Yes Campaign promised, that’s what the Morrison Government should make sure is delivered,” he continued.

Parts of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom were leaked to Fairfax today.

Mr Shelton said the challenge for the Morrison Government was to ensure that all Australians continued to enjoy into the future the same freedoms they enjoyed before the marriage law changed.

Speaking to ABC Radio Melbourne Mr Shelton said, “Sadly we are seeing same-sex marriage used to justify teaching children their gender is fluid and to restrict the freedom of faith communities to live out their ethos.”

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