The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has submitted recommendations to Ruddock’s review of religious freedoms calling for the protection of bakers, florists, and photographers to object to servicing same-sex weddings.
The recommendations also call for faith-based employers to have stronger legal protections in refusing to hire openly gay staff, according to a report by The Australian.
The submission states that there has been a “shift” in attitudes towards religious people.
“For all its talk of tolerance, there are powerful influences in our culture less and less tolerant of religion,” it says.
“There is now a more hard-edge determination to minimise the role of faith in everyday life and exclude it altogether from the public square.
“Examples abound of this lack of tolerance for a religious worldview during the recent marriage debate.”
The submission says section 38 of the Sex Discrimination Act should be strengthened to allow a faith-based school to discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s sexuality or gender identity.
Ruddock’s inquiry, which will hand its findings to the Turnbull government by the end of March, was established during the marriage equality debate.
A petition was recently handed to the inquiry by LGBTI advocates calling for the repeal of all anti-discrimination exemptions that allow LGBTI people to be sacked or refused service by religious schools, hospitals, and welfare agencies.