With Australia's same-sex marriage poll results due this week, conservatives are asking for protections for parents, school teachers and businesses which continue to defend a "traditional understanding of marriage". The government has pledged to hold a parliamentary vote to legalise gay marriage before the end of the year should the nationwide survey, held after more than a decade of political wrangling, return a "yes" when results are announced on Wednesday. But divisions within the conservative governing coalition over how to protect the rights of people who oppose same-sex marriage threatens to derail that timeline. A draft bill drawn up by Liberal Senator Dean Smith to legalise gay marriage contained exemptions that allow religious organisations to refuse to conduct same-sex marriages. That bill received bipartisan support.
Same Sex Marriage Opponents Launch 'No' Campaign In Sydney
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LGBT rights opposition is the opposition to legal rights , proposed or enacted, for lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender people. Organizations influential in LGBT rights opposition frequently oppose the enactment of laws making same-sex marriage legal, the passage of anti-discrimination laws aimed at curtailing anti-LGBT discrimination , including in employment and housing, the passage of anti-bullying laws to protect LGBT minors, laws decriminalizing same-gender relationships, and other LGBT rights related laws. These groups are often religious or socially conservative in nature. Such opposition can be motivated by homophobia , transphobia , bigotry ,  animosity,  religion , moral beliefs , political ideologies , or other reasons. Laws that LGBT rights opponents may be opposed to include civil unions or partnerships , LGBT parenting and adoption , military service , access to assisted reproductive technology , and access to sex reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy for transgender individuals. The first organized gay rights movement arose in the late nineteenth century in Germany.
10 Common Arguments Used by Opponents of Gay Marriage
All rights reserved. Gay marriage opponents have warned that backers of marriage equality want to ban viewpoints that clash with their own on the controversial issue. Speaking at the official launch of the 'No' campaign on Saturday night, coalition Senator Matt Canavan said many same-sex marriage supporters wanted to outlaw alternate views. The event also heard from prominent supporters of traditional marriage, including conservative politicians Cory Bernardi and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Again and again, authorities have ruled that merchants offering goods and services to the public must serve all comers. The losses have driven some same-sex marriage opponents out of business and cost others their standard of living and peace of mind. But the nation's highest court, closely divided since over same-sex marriage, offers the group potential salvation. Even a narrow ruling in favor of Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop could extend to others who say their artistic creations deserve First Amendment protections. It wasn't surprising, then, that the soft-spoken Phillips received two standing ovations last week at Colorado Christian University, just a few minutes from the bakery where he no longer sells wedding cakes while his case is pending.