Sexual orientation, gender identity legislation proclaimed to commence

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Sexual orientation, gender identity legislation proclaimed to commence

Discrimination on the grounds of ‘sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status’ has been outlawed by legislation due to commence on 1 August 2013.

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Discrimination on the grounds of ‘sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status’ has been outlawed by legislation due to commence on 1 August 2013.

During its passage, the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013, was amended to allow an exemption for religious organisations when it comes to employment matters.

Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Commencement Proclamation 2013 was announced recently.

The amended legislation means that Commonwealth-funded, aged-care centres run by religious organisations will not be able to discriminate against residents, but will be able to make decisions that ‘conform to the doctrines or tenets of the religion or are necessary to avoid injury to religious sensitivities of adherents of that religion’.

Generally supported . . .
 
A second set of amendments updated terminology in other Commonwealth Acts from ‘sexual preference’ to ‘sexual orientation’.

While the Coalition did not support the removal of the aged-care religious exemption, it otherwise backed the Bill.

The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the legislation provided ‘long-overdue protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’.
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