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Judge sides with Catholic agency, rules ‘polyamory’ is not a protected orientation

February 26, 2015

Siding with a Catholic agency, an Australian judge has ruled that “polyamory,” or having multiple partners, is a behavior rather than a protected orientation under Australian anti-discrimination law.

Centacare Catholic Family and Community Services in Brisbane fired Susan Bunning, its clinical practice coordinator, after her support for an organization promoting polyamory became known.

“The Applicant claims that she was dismissed because she was polyamorous and that a dismissal for that reason is unlawful,” Judge Salvatore Vasta noted.

“The Applicant contends that ‘behaviour’ is a ‘sub-set’ of an orientation and therefore is covered by the definition in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984,” he continued. “If the contention were correct, then the illegal activities of paedophilia and necrophilia may have the protection of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. Such a result would be an absurdity.”


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Feb. 28, 2015 3:12 PM ET USA

    I agree with Unum; same-sex is a behavior and should not be a legally protected orientation. It has opened up all kinds of aberrations such as polyamory to possible non-discrimination status. Just wait, paedophilia, necrophilia, polygamy, bestiality, etc. will all have their day in court. It's all about sex and it is all very sick. Speaking of sick, I'm sick of hearing "But they need love, too!" Can you believe that otherwise intelligent people are often wont to repeat such stupidity?

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 27, 2015 10:41 AM ET USA

    I agree that same sex marriage is a behavior rather than a protected orientation under divine law. It would please God if the Church in the United States spoke out about Church teaching on marriage once in a while. Remember. Christ said to his Apostles, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword." He never said, "I have not come to offend anyone."