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Anti-Discrimination Proceedings Dropped but Archbishop Porteous Disappointed

Last edited 10th May 2016

Anti-Discrimination Proceedings Dropped but Archbishop Porteous Disappointed

Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart says he is disappointed anti-discrimination proceedings against him have been dropped, saying Tasmanians had been “left under a cloud of uncertainty” in the lead up to a plebiscite on gay marriage, later on this year.

The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, advised Archbishop Porteous on 5 May that she would not be taking the matter forward after transgender activist and federal Greens candidate Martine Delaney withdrew her complaint.

“What we don’t know is whether myself or somebody else who makes another public statement in support of traditional marriage could actually have a complaint registered against them,” Archbishop Porteous told The Catholic Weekly.

“It leaves those who want to speak out about the traditional relationship of marriage feeling somewhat intimidated (and it creates) an unfair advantage for those who support a change in the definition of marriage.”


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