Former Tasmanian senator, Jacqui Lambie, expressed her concern on Monday night’s episode of Q&A, for one of Australia’s most marginalised, oppressed and discriminated against minorities.
LGBTI community bakers.
“You still have nearly 40 per cent of Australians out there hurting right now,” Lambie said. “People that have been ringing me that have garden weddings, making cakes… I had a bloke ring me about two weeks ago saying, ‘Jacqui, I want to know what my rights are right now because I only want to marry a man and wife in my garden…’
“If you do not want to marry those people, don’t want to bake a cake for the other side, then you should have that right to do so,” she argued.
When 61.6 per cent of Australian’s voted ‘Yes’ for same-sex marriage in the postal survey, we thought we were voting against the discrimination of people based on their sexuality, but in fact, we were voting for the discrimination of bakers who ought to be free to discriminate against same-sex couples in the name of religious freedom.
Can’t you see?
One might argue that cake probably isn’t the biggest issue facing the LGBTQI community at this moment, but alas, here we go.
Liberal senator James Paterson drafted a bill following the survey results that listed a number of provisions, including “limited right of conscientious objection” – or in other words, allowing people to refuse to participate in same-sex weddings if that goes against their beliefs.
That would mean the baker, which Lambie is particularly passionate about, would be allowed to turn away a same-sex couple.
Just as an aside, no baker has actually expressed any concern about potentially baking more cakes.
The Bakers Association of Australia told Elysse Morgan they did not want to be pulled into the debate, and added, “What baker in their right mind would not bake someone a cake?”
The case for bakers or florists or even venues being entitled to religious freedom is logically, ethically and legally flawed.
The Sex Discrimination Act, established in 1984, states that it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of “age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation in certain areas of public life.”
One cannot discriminate in the areas of “provision of goods,” (cake, for example) “services and facilities, accommodation, disposal of land,” and so on.
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