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same-sex marriages religious freedom

A Texas judge last week launched a class-action suit against the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley launched the action after the commission publicly warned her for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. She claims protection under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While the law does not compel justices of …

Mohsen Lorestani death sentence iran

Iranian Kurdish singer Mohsen Lorestani faces a potential death sentence after a Tehran court charged him with ‘corruption on Earth’. That charge can carry the death penalty in Iran. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network tweeted news of the charge. “Mohsen Lorestani, a Kurdish singer from Kermanshah, has been charged with ‘corruption on earth’ in a …

queensland wills week

The Public Trustee is hosting Queensland Wills Week again this year. The event raises awareness about the importance of having a valid and up-to-date will. [PROMOTION] The event, from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 8 September, sees a host of events around the State. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said Wills Week was …

pregnancy ivf stock photo

First came love, then came marriage (equality), then came the LGBTIQ+ couple with a baby carriage. With the growth of technology and medical advancement, the dream of having a child has never been more accessible for same sex couples. Anti-discrimination legislation in Queensland, however, explicitly allows discrimination against the queer community, enabling IVF clinics to …

high court sperm donor

The High Court today reaffirmed an earlier court decision in favour of a sperm donor. It ruled that a child conceived in 2006 must remain in Australia. The decision overturns an appeal won by the child’s mother and her wife. The man, known in court as Robert, donated sperm to his friend under the belief …

silhouette of little girl holding parent hand at sunset sky

Australia’s High Court is set to rule on the case of a New South Wales man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple to conceive a child and is now fighting for legal parental recognition to stop the couple and the child moving overseas. The father, given the pseudonym Robert Masson by the court, had …

asylum seekers

By Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel One of the highlights of 2018 was a long overdue turn in public sentiment against Australia’s brutal offshore detention program for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. It is our hope that in 2019 public sentiment will continue to grow against the detention of innocent people in worse-than-prison conditions. …

US President Donald Trump

The Trump Administration has announced it plans to campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality worldwide. The campaign will be headed by the US’ highest-profile openly gay diplomat Richard Grenell, who is currently the US Ambassador to Germany. Mr Grenell kicked things off in Berlin earlier this week by flying in LGBTIQ rights campaigners from across …

Judges Gavel legal law court

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of religious protections at the federal level, but said the “delicate balance” between freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination would be better dealt with a National Human Rights Act. The federal government today released the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and its response, where …

Student Anti-Discrimination Bill Religious Freedom Review

Recently, RJ Miles shared with us the discrimination she experienced as a gay teacher in a religious school. Now Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel from Maurice Blackburn’s PRIDE Network examine the legal aspects of such discrimination. The good news is – such discrimination is not tolerated under Queensland law. On the surface, Australian anti-discrimination laws …

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