Senator Smith, a Christian, says "people voted 'no' not because they had a particular problem with gay and lesbian Australians but because they felt it was the easiest expression of their fear about the change in Australian culture towards people of religious faith".
"The 'no' advocates spoke much about religious freedom but couldn't point to what freedom was exactly being lost. That's because what religious people fear has little to do with laws but everything to do with culture. Let me express the fears that many people of faith have in our modern world. Many Australians voted 'no' because they fear a world where they won't be able to live their identity, where they can't fully express who they are."
"They fear a world where they will be shamed for who they are. They fear a world where their faith will be questioned by internet mobs and government tribunals. They fear a world where they mightn't be promoted at work if people knew what they believed or how they lived. They fear a world of ostracism for who they are and what God they follow. They fear a world where violence might be directed against them by a mad few for no other reason than the faith they profess, the place in which they choose to worship."