Marriage Equality

 

We, Albany Roller Derby League write to express our support for marriage equality. We recognise the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) players and supporters to play and enjoy sports without experiencing prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.

Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a 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.

ARDL is passionate about social justice and inclusion, and we respect the rights of all people—regardless of sexual orientation, religious belief, age, gender, ability, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances, to live with dignity and safety, and to enjoy healthy relationships in all their diversity.

ARDL firmly believes in the right of all people to observe their relationships fully and without discrimination. On this basis we support marriage equality – the right of all Australians to access marriage as a civil institution with their partner of choice, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

Not only is marriage equality the only the right thing to do, it also helps improve workplaces and service delivery by allowing everyone to be treated with equal respect and feels included. Therefore we support marriage equality.

 

Sincerely,

 

Natalie Jarvis

President

Albany Roller Derby League

 

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