Exclusive: John Howard says the government needs to explain how it will protect religious freedoms on same-sex marriage

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Former prime minister John Howard has demanded that the rights of children not be forgotten in the same-sex marriage debate

Speaking exclusively to 9NEWS from London, he also rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s assurances that a detailed debate about protecting religious freedoms can wait until after the postal vote on same-sex marriage is decided.

Mr Howard said that if the postal survey returned a “yes” vote then the government would be stampeded into delivering change, so people needed answers to pressing questions about their rights now.

Yes Equality 1a AAPThe prime minister has argued that the government’s exposure draft of the same-sex marriage bill includes protections for religious ministers and organisations and…

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