A Reconstruction of Religious Freedom & Equality: Gay, Lesbian & De Facto Rights & the Religious School in Queensland
AbstractThe article considers the impact that the changes made to anti-discrimination laws in Queensland in 2002 have had on religious freedom and equality in the State. While concluding that the consequent strengthening of religious equality is to be welcomed, the author argues that the narrowing of the freedoms of religious schools that has resulted is illegitimate. The amendments - that the Government claims were agreed to by church, gay and lesbian groups - legislate a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy that extends the public accountability of religious schools beyond the limits of religious freedoms enjoyed by most other Australians.
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