A Catholic Archbishop in Sydney has warned that No voters may lose their jobs if marriage equality passes in Australia, during his homily at mass.

Anthony Fisher said a Yes win would have implications for religious freedom, according to a recent report by The Australian.

“If overseas experience is anything to go by, if marriage is redefined it will be very hard to speak up for real marriage anymore – in schools, at work, socially,” he said.

“Traditional believers will be vulnerable to discrimination suits and other kinds of bullying for their beliefs.

“Some may lose their jobs, promotions, businesses, political careers.”

Fisher told worshippers at St Mary’s Cathedral that the government should “keep out of the bedroom”.

“The state has no business telling us who we should love and how, sexually or otherwise,” he said.

“The only kind of friendship the state has a proper interest in recognising and regulating is heterosexual marriage, because that’s what leads to children – new citizens – and gives them the best start in life.”

The results of the postal survey on marriage equality will be announced on November 15.

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