Australia

Tasmania: gay-rights campaigner drops ‘hate speech’ case against Presbyterian street preachers

A gay-rights campaigner has withdrawn his case against two Hobart Presbyterian preachers who were taken to Tasmania’s Equal Opportunity Commission accused of homophobic hate speech. According to the Hobart Mercury the case was allegedly withdrawn because the Hobart City Council agreed to “better regulate” street preachers, although there is speculation the case was withdrawn to avoid poor publicity during the Religious Freedom Inquiry. The accused preachers, Campbell Markham and David Gee, have already taken their case to Tasmania’s Supreme Court and will continue their attempt to have that court declare sections of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act unconstitutional.