Is declining to print a Pride poster unlawful?

Press reports today record that a local franchisee of company “Kwik Kopy” declined a request to print posters for an event associated with the “World Pride” events happening in Sydney at the moment- see this report from Nine News. The World Pride events are in effect an extension of the Sydney “Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras” parade which has been running for many years, although extended over 17 days. Their website refers to it as “a glittering celebration for the global LGBTQIA+ community”. 

But, of course, not everyone is on board with an event celebrating sexual activity outside heterosexual marriage. Mr Wing Khong, a Christian man who runs the Sydney CBD franchise of Kwik Kopy, declined to accept an order from Skater Leo Bunch, who emailed to ask for a quote to print “roller derby” flyers with a World Pride theme. Mr Khong commented:

“There was no offence meant. Everyone is entitled is to their own position. I don’t believe it was discrimination, rather I was just obeying the Word of God.” 

The news report linked above contains video comments from the reporter and also Anna Brown, from Equality Australia, that Mr Khong’s action was “clearly unlawful”. With respect, I beg to differ, and would like to explain why.

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