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Statement from WA Deaf Society in support of marriage equality
Statement from WA Deaf Society in support of marriage equality

  

Statement fromWA Deaf Society in support of marriage equality

 

27th September 2017

 

The WA Deaf Society supports the view that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. On this basis we support marriage equality.

Every day for the past 96 years the WA Deaf Society has been a committed advocate for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in WA.

A group of our community are being treated as lesser members of the broader community and that is something that resonates with us as an organisation that advocates for equal access and inclusion and draws attention to injustices that the Deaf and hard of hearing face regardless of faith, race, gender or sexuality.

Therefore, we believe marriage equality is not a political issue but one of equity. We believe every Australian should have the same rights under law, including the same rights to make the choice to marry or not.

Amongst the WA Deaf Society values is ‘Courage’, which we define by ‘We stand up for the rights of individuals and our diverse community’, this includes those individuals that identify as LGBTI and or their family members.

One of our other values is ‘Respect’, and we naturally adopt a respectful attitude to all people. We acknowledge that not everyone may agree with marriage equality for a variety of reasons including faith based values. The WA Deaf Society respects their choice as an individual, and is committed to allowing everyone to be treated with equal respect and feel included.

However, just as we respect each individual’s right to have their own private views on this issue, as an organisation that works on correcting injustices, we expect our view as on this matter to also be respected.

The essence of our work is including individuals within the community regardless of their abilities, preferences or sexuality.

Allowing marriage equality will not make any difference to the lives of the majority, including married heterosexuals, but it will make a great deal of difference to those who seek same sex marriages.

 

DavidGibson
CEO WA Deaf Society

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