Australian Attorney General Christian Porter cleared up concerns that a new bill protecting religious freedoms will not water down LGBT rights.
Gay rights advocacy groups including Equality Australia have warned that the conflict between state and federal laws could make discrimination easier, according to the Guardian. States including Tasmania and Queensland prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexuality, without an exemption for religion.
“We would add that we hope the religious discrimination bill would provide consistent protections for best practice anti-discrimination laws … [to] ensure people living in states with strong protections – such as Tasmania – would have consistent coverage against discrimination on all grounds,” Equality Australia’s Director of Legal Advocay Lee Carnie said, according to the Guardian.
Advocates have demanded that Porter meet with both religious leaders and LGBT rights groups who may be affected by the bill.