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LGBTQ+ non-discrimination and religious freedom in the context of government-funded faith-based education, social welfare, health care, and aged care

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Ezzy, D ORCID: 0000-0002-5078-2288, Beaman, L, Dwyer, A ORCID: 0000-0001-5152-7222, Fielder, B ORCID: 0000-0003-2881-8720, McLeay, A, Rice, S and Richardson-Self, L ORCID: 0000-0002-0010-8615 2022 , 'LGBTQ+ non-discrimination and religious freedom in the context of government-funded faith-based education, social welfare, health care, and aged care' , Journal of Sociology , pp. 1-21 , doi: 10.1177/14407833211072566.

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Abstract

Anti-discrimination laws around the world have explicitly protected LGBTQ+ people from discrimination with various levels of exceptions for religion. Some conservative religious organisations in Australia are advocating to be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in certain organisations they manage. The political debate in Australia has focused on religiously affiliated organisations that provide services in education, social welfare, health care, and aged care. We argue that religious exceptions allowing discrimination should be narrow because they cause considerable harm, reinforce, disadvantage and because LGBTQ+ people are deserving of respect and rights. We draw on a national representative survey to demonstrate that the views of some conservative religious lobby groups do not represent the views of the majority of religious people in Australia or the views of the majority of Christian people.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ezzy, D and Beaman, L and Dwyer, A and Fielder, B and McLeay, A and Rice, S and Richardson-Self, L
Keywords: LGBTQ+ equality, faith-based social services, anti-discrimination law, Australian social services, faith-based service provision, human rights, LGBTQ+ discrimination, religious freedom
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1440-7833
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/14407833211072566
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© The Author(s) 2022. Accepted for publication.

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