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Circus Oz supports marriage equality in Australia
8th September 2017
Almost exactly two years from the date we signed the open letter below, marriage equality is, unfortunately, still in the balance. With postal surveys being sent to mailboxes around the country from next Tuesday 12 September, we would like to reiterate our commitment to the YES campaign and our belief in equal rights for all.
For more information on the postal survey visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
An open letter from Non Profit Organisations in support of marriage equality in Australia
28 August 2015
We, Circus Oz, write to express our support for marriage equality.
At Circus Oz we believe that Everyone Gets a Fair Go. No-one will be made to feel anything less than excellent about their gender, race, background, disability or sexuality. We actively address and resist the entrenched oppression of people on these grounds.
Therefore, we recognise the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees, volunteers, clients and customers to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.
Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent, believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree.Of the remaining twenty-eight percent only fourteen percent strongly opposed the proposition.
Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain.These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.
On May 22nd, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves.
On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favour of legalising same sex marriage across all 50 states.
These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language. Not only is marriage equality the right thing to do, it also helps improve workplaces by allowing everyone to be treated with equal respect and feel included. We therefore support marriage equality.
On Behalf of the Circus Oz Mob