Good to see the Tasmanian premier at least recognises a problem. The Australian reports:
Tasmania is poised to wind back elements of its anti-discrimination laws to ensure opponents of gay marriage are not silenced in the national debate on the issue.
Premier Will Hodgman, who supports same-sex marriage, yesterday flagged a review of the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act following a recent ruling that a booklet explaining Catholic opposition to the concept was a “possible breach” of the law.
“There is concern that it could become a landmark case and compromise some people’s ability to participate in the national debate as we head towards the plebiscite (on same-sex marriage),” Mr Hodgman said yesterday. “That is why we believe it is appropriate to look at these matters and assure ourselves the balance is right.”
What the premier should also realise is that regardless of the outcome of any case or conciliation, the damage is already done. That a case like Archbishop Porteous’ can go this far has a chilling effect on free speech.