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Gay and Lesbian Law Journal

Abstract from Volume 9 (2000)

How Can We Square Freedom with Anti-Vilification Laws?

David Marr

David Marr argues that anti-vilification laws which forbid the expression of hostile opinions about gays and lesbians are misconceived. Comparing the arguments for the NSW laws, which include both criminal and civil sanctions, with proposed laws to protect the faithful of all religions from vilification, Marr argues that in the long term gay men and women will be much better protected by continuing to rely on an absolute freedom of expression, the notion of liberty under which so much has been achieved, even if that entails abuse and vilification.

(2000) 9 AG&LLJ 9
Keywords: Anti-vilification; Freedom of Expression

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