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Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

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2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

 

 

(1)     Clause 1, page 1 (lines 14 and 15), omit “ Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 ”, substitute “ Marriage Amendment Act 2017 ”.

[short title]

(2)     Schedule  1 , item  1 , page 4 (lines 12 to 14) , omit all the words from and including “ their religion” to the end of paragraph  2A ( b ), substitute “their religion or the views of their religious community; and ”.

[religious beliefs]

(3)     Schedule  1 , page 5 (after line 17) , after item  5 , insert:

5A  Section 6

Omit “This”, substitute “(1) This”.

5B  At the end of section 6

Add:

             (2)  This Act is not intended to exclude or limit the operation of a State or Territory law dealing with anti-discrimination, to the extent that that law is capable of operating concurrently with this Act.

[operation of State and Territory anti-discrimination laws]

(4)     Schedule  1 , item  8 , page 6 (line 21) , omit “ (1) The” , substitute “ The” .

[consequential—religious marriage celebrants]

(5)     Schedule  1 , item  8 , page 7 (lines 1 to 17) , omit subsection  39DD(2) (including the subheading) .

[religious marriage celebrants]

(6)     Schedule  1 , item  20 , page 11 (lines 6 and 7) , omit paragraph  47 ( 3 )( c ).

[religious beliefs]

(7)     Schedule  1 , item  21 , page 11 (lines 15 to 17) , omit subsection 47A( 1) , substitute:

Refusing to solemnise a marriage on the basis of religious beliefs

             (1)  A religious marriage celebrant may refuse to solemnise a marriage despite anything in this Part if:

                     (a)  the refusal conforms to the doctrines, tenets or beliefs of the religion of the celebrant’s religious body or religious organisation; or

                     (b)  the refusal is necessary to avoid injury to the religious susceptibilities of adherents of that religion.

[religious beliefs]

(8)     Schedule  1 , item  21 , page 11 (line 21) to page 12 (line 11) , omit section  47B .

[goods or services]

(9)     Schedule  1 , item  48 , page 14 (lines 29 and 30) , omit paragraph  81 ( 2 )( c ).

[religious beliefs]

(10)   Schedule 1, item 63, page 17 (line 10), omit “47(3)(a), (b) or (c)”, substitute “47(3)(a) or (b)”.

[exemptions]

(11)   Schedule  1 , item  63 , page 17 (line 18) , omit “the circumstances mentioned in subsection 47A(1)”, substitute “any of the circumstances mentioned in paragraph  47A(1)(a) or (b)” .

[exemptions]

(12)   Schedule 1, item 63, page 17 (line 23), omit “81(2)(a), (b) or (c)”, substitute “81(2)(a) or (b)”.

[exemptions]