JOIN CORPORATIONS THAT SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY
HAPPIER EMPLOYEES ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE
We are asking all corporate organisations to add their voice to the growing call for equal rights for all Australians. If your organisation 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. Australian Marriage Equality will not use your logo in any other medium than our website, without your prior written permission.
You may be interested in reading relevant positive news articles and/or watching a video of our CEO breakfast where CEO s Alan Joyce (Qantas), Ann Sherry (Carnival), Mike Ebeid (SBS) and Lisa Annese (Diversity Council Australia) speak.
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.
Feel free to use this letter of support below, submit your own original letter or even a mixture of the two.
We, the business, industry and sporting leaders of Australia, write to express our support for Marriage Equality.
We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.
The rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society.
An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support seeing it treat all its citizens equally.
Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.
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 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.
Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one. To remain competitive and to attract top talent globally organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for all.
Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.
We support the right for all our employees to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.
How will your corporate support play out in the media? Below are links to positive news articles both in Australia and the U.S. which should put your organisation at ease.
CEO BREAKFAST VIDEO
On the 5th May 2015 Australian Marriage Equality, Diversity Council Australia and Gilbert & Tobin hosted a breakfast where Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome, Diversity Council Australia CEO Lisa Annese, SBS CEO Michael Ebeid, Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce spoke about why marriage equality is important for business.
Rodney Croome – 5:44
Lisa Annese – 12:30
Michael Ebeid – 17:55
Ann Sherry – 23:00
Alan Joyce – 28:10
Question & Answer – 35:30