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The ballots are in the mail and the question could not be more bland: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” After that, should the answer be ‘yes’, what next? If the overseas experience is any guide, religious liberty and freedom of conscience will be in peril.
With same-sex marriage activists, the federal attorney-general, and five MPs working on a same-sex marriage bill arguing that there are no consequences for religious freedom to changing the definition of marriage, it is worth considering whether this might be really true. Let’s take this argument in light of what is actually happening in countries that legalised same-sex marriage, even when it was thought that religious freedom would receive full protection by the law.