Religious groups in Australia are allowed to discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, prompting criticism from LGBT rights activists who find it galling that religious social service programs receive millions of dollars in government funding.
Such exemptions to anti-discrimination laws exist elsewhere, but other countries including Britain and the United States have narrowed their scope in recent years, limiting them to issues such as the appointment of church leaders.
In Australia, LGBT people can be denied social services and employment from religious groups, including teaching jobs in their schools. Anglicare, a branch of the Anglican church, won’t allow LGBT parents to use its adoption services.
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