由菲利普 • 鲁道克带领的专家组，将审查同性婚姻合法化对宗教信仰自由的影响，该专家组已接到众多与此相关的意见书。
A panel set up to review the impact of SSM on religious freedoms, headed by Philip Ruddock, has received a flood of submissions.
在同性婚姻立法后，麦肯 • 滕博政府任命菲利普 • 鲁道克带领专家小组，审查同性婚姻合法化之后是否对宗教信仰自由带来影响。专家审查小组原定于3月31日需要提交的审查报告，现延期至5月18日。因为滕博认为“民众递交的相关意见书，数量众多，无法在原定日期之内完成审核报告”。
Malcolm Turnbull has granted an extension to the panel conducting the religious freedom review, set up after the legalisation of same-sex marriage and led by Philip Ruddock, and it will now deliver its report on May 18.
It had originally been expected to report on March 31, but Mr Turnbull said “the number of submissions has made this impossible”.
“The response from individuals and organisations has been unprecedented — with more than 16,000 public submissions received,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
“In light of the volume of submissions, I have agreed to this extension to ensure that the Panel has adequate time to carefully consider the issues raised.”
The review is being conducted by an expert panel led by former Liberal frontbencher Mr Ruddock.
It was established during the same-sex marriage debate to assuage concerns about the impact a change in the Marriage Act would have on religious freedom.
Mr Ruddock, in his role as the last attorney-general of the Howard government, introduced the 2004 amendment to the Marriage Act which defined it as a union between a man and a woman.
He recently served as the federal government’s special envoy for human rights and has strong connections to Australia’s multicultural and religious communities.