‘Attack on free speech’: Australian Catholic Church probed over anti-same-sex marriage leaflet

Friday, November 13, 2015
By Paul Martin

13 Nov, 2015

Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commissioner has begun a probe into the Catholic Church over an anti-same-sex-marriage leaflet that was published in mid-2015. Some human rights campaigners criticize the move as an attack on free speech.
The leaflet, titled ‘Don’t mess with marriage’ and published by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, authorized by Hobart’s Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous, was sent to thousands of families through Church schools.

The leaflet pointed out the church’s opposition to changing the Tasmanian Marriage Act to include same-sex couples into it.

“Same-sex friendships” differ a lot from “real marriages,” the leaflet distributed across Australian schools said.

“Marriage includes an emotional union, but it goes further than that. It involves a substantial bodily and spiritual union of a man and a woman <…> grounded on heterosexual union,” the leaflet also said.

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