Australia introduces legislation to criminalize SOGI based intimidation

The Australian government proposed emergency laws which ban discrimination, vilification, or intimidation of any person during and in respect to the same-sex marriage campaign. The special provisions come in the wake of social disturbances based on the marriage-equality plebiscite and seek to protect against harm based on sexuality, gender identity, intersex status, religious conviction, or political stance. The law permits civil penalties, including fines but excluding criminal penalties or jail time. The emergency law will hold until the conclusion of the same-sex marriage postal survey at the end of November.