Religion and Politics after Marriage Equality in Australia

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The passage of marriage equality via the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 ushered in a new era for religion and politics in Australia, with each of the major parties grappling with the implications for religious freedom and equality rights in the context of their respective political traditions. Political parties and the governments and legislatures they populate must now seek new ways to uphold rights to freedom of belief and religious pluralism along with the rights of LGBTIQ+ individuals to be free from discrimination. So significant is this development that sociologists of religion describe the post-2017 political and legal environment as a 'new stage' in the relationship between religion and the Australian state. Highly politicised Bills to protect so-called 'religious freedoms' are currently proposed by major and minor parties at the federal and state levels, internally destabilising the major parties and fuelling a polarised public debate that is often presented in the media with little nuance or scholarly political analysis. This workshop brings world-leading and emerging Australian scholars on religion and politics into dialogue with equality practitioners and religious representatives to interpret and address the significant challenges of this new political and legal environment.
Period16 Nov 2022
Event typeWorkshop
LocationSydney, AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational