At a joint press conference in Sydney this afternoon, a group of medical professionals and health organisations outlined the serious risks the LGBTI community face as a result of marriage discrimination including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and attempted and actual suicide.
Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association Of Australia suggested that the LNP’s resistance to marriage equality was now just a case of delaying the inevitable, and had negative health outcomes.
“People in the Liberal and National Parties have an opportunity to oppose or delay marriage equality,” said Moore. “What we see the conservatives saying is, ‘We know we’re going lose, let’s delay with a plebiscite.’ It’s nonsense. Get on with it. Show some spine. Look after people who need it. Look after their health. That’s what this is about and why we need marriage equality.”
Professor Kerryn Phelps agreed, saying the postal plebiscite, “is just another delaying tactic and everyone has seen through it.”
“Australia has a higher approval rating for marriage equality than many countries that already have marriage equality,” said Tiernan Brady of The Equality Campaign. “That’s how much Australians are over this issue. The public can’t understand why we haven’t passed this.”