Wilson’s comments follow concerns from marriage equality advocates that religious freedom is a ‘smokescreen for LGBTI discrimination’

Liberal MP Tim Wilson has lent support for a call to protect religious people from discrimination but warned legal changes must not cause unintended consequences such as “marginalisation” of other groups.

Social affairs minister Dan Tehan sparked the debate with a speech on 22 June, which was also published in the Australian newspaper on Saturday, in which he said discrimination on the basis of religion should be prohibited.

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