Is Australia’s gay marriage debate being ‘stifled’?

BBC News 25 August 2015
In 2008, the Australian government amended 84 laws that discriminated against same-sex couples.

Legislation about everything from taxation and employment to health-care benefits and pension payments was changed to allow gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The Australian Human Rights Commission hailed the amendments as an important step on the road to full equality for same-sex couples.

The changes allowed “people to have dignity”, says Lyle Shelton, a former journalist and political adviser who is now managing director of a Christian lobby group.

Since then there has been a push to change Australia’s marriage laws to allow same-sex couples to legally wed.

But Mr Shelton says this is a step too far.

His Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) – a grass roots movement of people who want to inject Christian ethics into national politics – does not want the definition of marriage to be widened to include same-sex couples.

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