Government members are proposing laws that would allow LGBTIQ Australians wanting to marry to be discriminated against by civil celebrants and business owners who have a religious objection to same-sex relationships.
These refusal-of-service laws will only apply to LGBTIQ people, stigmatising us as unequal. However, in the future, they could be expanded to allow discrimination against other people whose relationships "offend" religious values.
Australians are overwhelmingly against shop front signs declaring "No Asians" or "No Blacks". We should not enact laws that effectively allow businesses and services to declare "No Gays".