Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:05

Australians confirm their support for equality in same-sex marriage vote

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights welcomes today’s affirmation that the Australian public stands behind LGBTI communities and has overwhelmingly shown its support for same-sex marriage by voting yes in the postal survey.

Commissioner Kristen Hilton said the results show a clear indication that the majority of Australians support equality.

"Millions of Australians have put their hand up and said they support the LGBTI community and want to see Australia become the 25th nation to allow marriage equality," Commissioner Hilton said.

"Allowing all people to marry, regardless of the sex or gender of the person they love will promote and protect the right to equality by giving the same rights to everyone in our community," Commissioner Hilton said.

Commissioner Hilton said it is possible to strike a balance between competing rights.

"Our laws enable us to balance rights and competing public interest considerations. The law can allow same-sex couples to marry while simultaneously allowing religious bodies to adhere to their beliefs," Commissioner Hilton said.

"This message is clear and indisputable and it is now up to Parliament to make marriage equality a reality," Commissioner Hilton said.

If you feel like you have been discriminated because of your sexual orientation or gender identity or another personal characteristic, you can call the Commission on 1300 292 153, chat with us online or submit an online complaint form.

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