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LGBTQ+ non-discrimination and religious freedom in the context of government-funded faith-based education, social welfare, health care, and aged care

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posted on 2023-05-21, 05:43 authored by Douglas EzzyDouglas Ezzy, Beaman, L, Angela DwyerAngela Dwyer, Bronwyn FielderBronwyn Fielder, McLeay, A, Rice, S, Louise Richardson-SelfLouise Richardson-Self
Anti-discrimination laws around the world have explicitly protected LGBTQ+ people from discrimination with various levels of exceptions for religion. Some conservative religious organisations in Australia are advocating to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in certain organisations they manage. The political debate in Australia has focused on religiously affiliated organisations that provide services in education, social welfare, health care, and aged care. We argue that religious exceptions allowing discrimination should be narrow because they cause considerable harm, reinforce, disadvantage and because LGBTQ+ people are deserving of respect and rights. We draw on a national representative survey to demonstrate that the views of some conservative religious lobby groups do not represent the views of the majority of religious people in Australia or the views of the majority of Christian people.


Australian Research Council


Publication title

Journal of Sociology








School of Social Sciences


Sage Publications Ltd.

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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© The Author(s) 2022.

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Religion and society; Equity and access to education; Gender and sexualities