Three of the leading representative bodies in Australia’s entertainment industry have released a joint statement today supporting a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming marriage postal survey.
Live Performance Australia, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and Screen Producers Australia have voiced their support for marriage equality, noting that their industry is one with a high proportion of LGBTQI+ people.
The statement comes on the final day that Australians can enrol or update their details on the electoral roll to ensure that they can vote in the survey.
Read the full statement below.
The time has come for marriage equality.
Australia’s live performance industry embraces diversity and strives to promote equality for all Australians, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or physical or intellectual disabilities.
Our industry is one with a high proportion of LGBTQI+ people who are currently being discriminated against by the Marriage Act which fails to bestow them with the same rights as heterosexual couples. Marriage equality would make a material difference to many of our members’ lives.
We believe the time has come for the Marriage Act to be reformed to allow same sex couples to marry. Our preference would be for this reform to be determined by the Parliament, but we accept that a postal survey is now a reality. This issue has dragged on for far too long and needs to be resolved once and for all by Parliament as soon as possible after the survey.
Live Performance Australia (LPA) supports a ‘yes’ vote. We encourage all of our members to consider this important issue and where they can support the industry position.
MEAA’s entertainment and arts industry members encourage everyone to actively support the campaign for a ‘yes’ vote and to look out for our LGBTQI+ community members during this campaign.
Screen Producers Australia (SPA) supports marriage equality. This support fits naturally with SPA’s founding membership of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network. SPA encourages all its members to engage with the postal survey and vote ‘yes’.
Over the coming months we urge all parties to be respectful of each other and refrain from hurtful language as this issue is debated.
To our LGBTQI+ members we say: we stand with you and look forward to the day when you are treated as equal under law.
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