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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 and Beaman, L and Dwyer, A and Fielder, B and McLeay, A and Rice, S and Richardson-Self, L, 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 ISSN 1440-7833 (2022) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/14407833211072566

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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LGBTQ+ equality, faith-based social services, anti-discrimination law, Australian social services, faith-based service provision, human rights, LGBTQ+ discrimination, religious freedom
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of religion
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, A (Dr Angela Dwyer)
UTAS Author:Fielder, B (Dr Bronwyn Fielder)
UTAS Author:McLeay, A (Dr Angus McLeay)
UTAS Author:Richardson-Self, L (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:148805
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP200100395)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-02-11
Last Modified:2022-06-06
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