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Religion and sexuality shouldn't compete against each other



25 June 2013

Freedom of religion is a human right - but it cannot be used to shield Australian religious institutions from perpetrating discrimination, writes PhD student, Senthorun Raj (BA 2010, LLB 2012).

Writing about the Federal Government's amendments to the sex discrimination act 1984 to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from discrimination, in an opinion piece for The Guardian, he asserts that while this is a "landmark step," he believes "the inclusion of faith-based exceptions undercut much of the legislation's promise."

"Freedom of religion is a basic human right.

"However, it cannot be used to shield religious institutions from perpetrating discrimination and abuse.

"Religious exemptions falsely signal to LGBTI people that all religious organisations are prone to discrimination.

"It also ignores the fact that many sexual and gender minorities are religious and may wish to access social services affiliated with their faith."

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