Australian PM could consider the religious freedom law’ to calm down the anti-gay lobby

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his Ministry during a press conference at Parliament House on September 20, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Prime Minister on Tuesday after defeating Tony Abbott in a leadership ballot. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is trying to appease anti-gay conservatives in his party promising to review the ruling about so-called ‘religious freedom’. The country is in the process of passing equal marriage through Parliament after a public vote in which Australians backed equality by a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%.  It is now up to the Parliament whether to listen to people’s opinions about it or not, and the thoughts of the MPs are sharply divided. Hardline conservatives have backed amendments to ensure the law enshrines the ‘freedom to discriminate’ against same-sex couples for people who disagree with equal marriage, while LGBT allies think that the existing rights of LGBT community should remain unchanged. In a bid to forge a consensus today, Turnbull announced a ‘religious freedom’ review that will take place separately from the marriage debate. The review will be headed by former Liberal frontbencher Philip Ruddock, a strong opponent of LGBT rights


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