Monday, 14 August 2017 12:47

Marriage equality should be decided by Parliament, not a plebiscite

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton has said that marriage equality should be decided on by the Parliament, not by an optional and potentially divisive postal plebiscite.

"Marriage equality should be a reality in Australia, yet many of our elected representatives continue to use the rights of LGBTI people as a political football," Commissioner Hilton said.

"The Federal Government’s plan for a postal plebiscite is optional, non-binding and has the potential to generate a divisive and harmful debate for LGBTI people across the country.

"The human rights of a minority should not be decided by the majority in this way. Just as they do on all other legislation, our politicians should have a vote in Parliament on marriage equality.

"The Federal Government should support human rights and equality for everyone.

"We support the court challenges to the Federal Government’s postal plebiscite. However, if the postal plebiscite does proceed, we will support a successful yes vote to address discrimination in our marriage laws.

"I encourage everyone over the age of 18 to ensure they are correctly enrolled to vote now. You can check this at www.aec.gov.au/check."

If you feel you have been discriminated against on the basis of your sexual orientation or gender identity, call the Commission on 1300 292 153 or find out more about making an enquiry or complaint.

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