Sydney : An Australian church has refused to marry a young couple and cancelled their wedding plans after the bride-to-be expressed support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.

Australia’s prime minister on Friday defended the minister’s decision, saying “churches are free to marry whoever they like”.

The church, Ebenezer St John’s, had no immediate comment on Friday.

“Churches are entitled to marry or not marry whom they please. That is part of religious freedom. My own church, the Catholic Church, will not marry someone who has married before,” he told reporters in Canberra.

Turnbull, a moderate who supports same-sex marriage, is opposed by some members of his conservative ruling Liberal- National coalition on the issue and the postal vote is seen as a compromise.

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