Dec 7, 2017

Will marriage equality lead to defunded private schools?

With marriage equality set to pass the house of representatives today, what, if anything, will change about religious schooling?

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


Almost 13 years after the Howard government wrote the denial of same-sex couples’ rights into law, parliament appears to have completed it’s slow reluctant crawl to passing marriage equality .

It’s been an arduous journey, particularly in the last few months as the matter was put to the public. A recurring argument of those opposing the change was that the re-definition of marriage would lead to other consequences, particularly around schooling.

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16 thoughts on “Will marriage equality lead to defunded private schools?

  1. phonakins

    If only all government-funded entities had to adhere to anti-discrimination law.

    1. phonakins

      I mean if only the law didn’t allow exemptions based on someones “beliefs” :/

  2. drsmithy

    “Is the government able to guarantee that the religious protections currently in place for all faith-based schools remain intact?”

    Yes, because no change in those laws is being proposed.

    There, that was easy.

    The sooner they are changed, however, so religious organisations can no longer discriminate against others, the better. Similarly, the exceptions within the proposed same-sex legislation that allow celebrants to discriminate against people should be struck from the legislation. A Muslim fundie RTA worker would not get away with refusing to issue a driver’s license to a woman, a Christian fundie celebrant should not be able to get away with refusing to register a marriage between a same-sex couple.

    1. leon knight

      I reckon schools that terrorise kids with bullshit stories about hell for eternity and wrathful sky fairies, should have all public funding removed for starters, and then we should think about proper mental health protections for them from religious nonsense of all kinds.

  3. David Whittaker

    Shame on you Crikey. Your headline filled me the misplaced hope that perhaps SSM and the acceptance thereof might be the thin end of the wedge and we would begin to see the defunding of so called private schools. Not to be it seems, still a long way to go to get some equity into the mess that is school funding in this country.

  4. crakeka

    Nevertheless if Religious schools want to continue to discriminate and are allowed to do so it should only be because they are, in fact, independent and not dependent upon the taxpayer dollar. That should be the price of their continued discrimination which public schools do not, and cannot, practice.

    1. PeteH

      Agreed. Teach whatever you want, but not one red cent of government money.

  5. Joy

    Religious schools have always taught their own definition of marriage. I clearly remember 60+ years ago being told by the nuns that because my parents were married in the Registry Office – they were not married in the “eyes of god” – therefore would go immediately to hell when they died. I did not sleep that night but woke the next morning saw how much they cared and loved each other and……life went on.

    1. PeteH

      As if those old virgin penguins really had any idea.

  6. AR

    If only it were so!
    Unfortunately, as atheist Gillard continued the appalling school chaplains, neither “side” of politics would dare touch state funding for religious delusions being forced upon children.

  7. shea mcduff

    “Will marriage equality lead to defunded private schools?”

  8. Itsarort

    Any school that doesn’t teach Evolution should be struck from the register. Or, the Federal funding per child should be completely removed. And what’s the correlation between ‘teaching’ discrimination via the inference of ancient, stone age texts and not teaching Evolution (?), I’m guessing about ONE.

  9. Draco Houston

    I hope it does, they should be receiving 0 dollars of funding.

  10. Jeff Mueller

    Of all the schools to complain, it had to be Scots, with its gob-smacking real-estate cosseting it from any financial harm, and a kilted cadet corps.

    1. AR

      Perhaps they could call on their dismissed maths teacher/over enthusiastic sports coach & masseur, the Caterwauling Catamite for a donation if in dire straits?

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