Australia outlaws LGBT discrimination under national laws for first time

Australian lawmakers have voted to extend the country’s Sex Discrimination Act to cover LGBT and intersex people but religious organizations and the businesses they own will still be able to discriminate in most cases.

After 18 years of advocacy, we finally have federal anti-discrimination protection on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status,’ – said Justin Koonin, a co-convenor of the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Lobby.

However religious groups will still be able to discriminate against people based on their LGBT status when it comes to healthcare, education and employment. Someone please explain how this can be anti-discrimination, when religious groups can discriminate against hiring LGBT people in their organisations.

This needs to be addressed further & NO EXEMPTIONS should be given.

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