Same sex marriage campaign

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Chad Biggs, left, and Chris Creech say their wedding vows at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 10, 2014, after a federal judge ruled that same-sex marriage can begin in the state. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Utah when it declined to hear the state's appeal of a lower court ruling.From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity; his partner, Derek Kitchen; Kody Partridge; and Partridge's wife, Laurie Wood, celebrate after a news conference in Salt Lake City on October 6, 2014. Pastor Carol Hill from Epworth United Methodist Church speaks during a marriage-equality ceremony at the Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago on June 1, 2014.If "balance" is likely to be one key feature of the campaign over the coming weeks, another feature will certainly be "religious freedom".

A crowd of about 500 people gathered outside St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday afternoon, preparing to march through the CBD, where they chanted "Aussie Aussie Aussie, No No No".

Senator Dean Smith's proposed Marriage Act Amendment Bill, which he released earlier this month, only offered protections for ministers of religion and civil celebrants who opted not to marry same-sex couples.

But as Sydney's two archbishops, along with other senior religious figures and prominent secular critics, quickly pointed out, much broader protections are needed if the law on marriage is changed.

If the law is eventually changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, it should not create an additional entitlement enabling some citizens to force other citizens to act against their religious beliefs or conscience by making them help celebrate same-sex marriages.

The No campaign has already skilfully broadened the debate on same-sex marriage to show it goes far beyond defining who can get married.

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