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JOIN UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER ACADEMIA THAT SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY

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Not an academic organisation but still want to help? Join 1128 organisations showing their support for marriage equality:
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Bialik College
Curtin Student Guild
Curtin University
Deakin University
Deakin University Student Association
ECU Student Guild
Flinders University Student Association
La Trobe University
Macquarie University Student Representative Committee
Monash Postgraduate Association
Monash University
Open Universities Australia
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Swinburne Student Union
Swinburne University of Technology
Tasmania University Union
The University of Southern Queensland Student Guild
 University of New South Wales - SRC
University of Queensland Union
University of South Australia Student Association
University of Sydney
Union,
University of Technology Sydney
University Western Australia
UTS Students' Association
Victoria University Postgraduate Association
 

We are asking all Australian universities and academia to add their voice to the growing call for equal rights for all Australians. If your university would like to join in then please use this page to upload:

  • a scanned copy of your letter of support on your organisation’s letterhead
  • your organisation’s logo
  • the web address to which we should backlink your logo

Feel free to use the open letter of support below or submit your own original letter of support.

Once your logo has been loaded onto our website you may wish to place this logo on your own website to show your support. Please backlink to our main web page: australianmarriageequality.org

You may also wish to print this poster and place it in your front window. Included in that download is a meme to use on social media.


AN OPEN LETTER FROM AUSTRALIAN ACADEMIA

We, the undersigned, representing an institution from Australia’s higher education sector, write to express our support for Marriage Equality.

Australian universities have an important role to play in promoting inclusion and tolerance. We support diversity in the higher education sector and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students and employees to learn, live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our university community and the broader population.

We believe the rights and liberties of all individual are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, allows all members to function at their best. Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.

Australia is a robust democracy with a proud history of social reform. We believe this should continue, with all citizens being treated equally, including those who are currently excluded from the institution of marriage.

Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent of Australians are in favour of same sex couples marrying. We believe this overwhelming level of support should be reflected with legal change.

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 22 May 2015, 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 26 June 2015, 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.

Learning and academic achievement flourish when all members of the university community have their dignity and equality recognised. Universities are also international communities who draw upon global talent. A lack of recognition of same-sex marriage will impact on the abilities of universities to attract this talent and to be competitive and productive in the international market. Equal Marriage is the only truly fair way forward and it is important for creating a climate where knowledge, achievement and intellectual output can flourish.

Equality in places of higher learning is fair and just. Discrimination is not.

Yours faithfully,

(insert name)

(insert title)

(insert organisation)

THE LETTER

Feel free to use this letter of support below, submit your own original letter or even a mixture of the two.


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