Update from the NCJWA NSW Steering Committee

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Steering Committee:
L-R Anne Reid OAM, Miri Orden, Maxine Bachmayer

Yes vote

61.6% of Australians who voted in the same sex marriage survey have voted YES to legislate marriage equality.

Almost 80% of eligible voters registered their view.

There has been a quick response from Jewish leaders. President of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry Anton Block: “The government cannot ignore the high response rate to the survey on same sex marriage, even though participation was voluntary, and the fact that a strong majority has expressed a view in favour of such marriages being recognised in Australia’s civil law.

We expect that an amendment to the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act will be enacted in the near future.  This does not affect religious marriages.  Members of the clergy will continue to have the right to refuse to perform or participate in any marriage ceremony at their discretion.  We also expect that religious institutions and religious schools will continue to have the right to teach and preach their religious beliefs, including their beliefs about the institution of marriage being between a man and a woman.

I do not believe there is a compelling case to permit individuals to conscientiously object to providing goods, services and facilities in relation to the solemnisation of a same-sex marriage. In matters of ordinary trade and commerce, as distinct from matters of religious practice, all people are entitled to be protected from discrimination on arbitrary grounds.”