Marriage Equality by Australian Breastfeeding Association NOW
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As mothers, fathers, LGBTIQ parents, friends and parents of LGBTIQ young people and children we call on the ABA to publicly support Marriage Equality with a statement.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association currently has no defined policy on Marriage Equality. Given a large number of women and families that utilise ABA National Breastfeeding Helpline and face to face support groups across Australia We feel this is paramount to showing the Australian community they truly support ALL people. Susan Day, as president of the ABA please enact this important statement.
Tiernan Brady, Executive Director, The Equality Campaign
“Marriage equality is about real people, our friends and family, teammates and work colleagues who just want the same dignity as everyone else in their families. This statement by so many groups representing the people who take care of the health and well being of all Australians is an important and timely reminder of this.
“Our laws should never deliberately marginalize and exclude one group of people. It is time for our politicians to do their job and pass marriage equality. Our family and friends deserve better” Tiernan Brady continued.
Nicolas Parkhill, CEO of ACON said, “There is conclusive evidence that LGBTI people experience higher levels of depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicide compared to the general population because of stigma, prejudice, discrimination and exclusion. These health conditions are exacerbated by the ongoing marriage equality debate in this country. This protracted discourse is harming people, creating segregation and contributing to poorer health outcomes.
“We call on our elected representatives to recognise the negative health consequences of marriage discrimination, to legislate for marriage equality and to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people. Marriage equality is beyond politics – real people, Australian families, dignity and importantly, health, are at the centre of this issue” Nicholas Parkhill said.
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