Media Release: 18-11-2007: Democrats Defend Gay Rights

Bring Back Balance

ACT Democrats 2007

Media Release 18 November 2007

Democrats Defend Gay Rights

“Discriminatory laws against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) people must be changed” says Australian Democrats candidate for Fraser, Darren Churchill.

In August, the Australian Democrats introduced a Same-Sex Entitlement Bill into the Senate. The Bill aimed to amend the 58 discriminatory laws identified by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in their report of May 2007, Same-Sex: Same Entitlements, as being discriminatory against same-sex couples.

“A truly liberal democratic society would have ended these intolerant, discriminatory laws long ago” Mr Churchill said. “They are laws that encourage and entrench bigotry and homophobia and this cannot be allowed to continue.”

“The Liberal/National coalition and the Labor party have a bad record on issues aimed at ending discrimination against GLBTI people. Only the Democrats have consistently supported equality on sexuality and gender identity issues.”

“We’ve made a number of attempts at getting anti-discrimination laws passed to protect the rights of GLBTI people. Our Sexuality and Gender Identity Discrimination Bill and our Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill are just two examples.

“Democrats initiatives have managed to get property rights extended to same-sex in relation to private superannuation funds. We will keep the pressure up to get the same entitlements extended to same-sex couples under public superannuation schemes.”

“I call on the coalition and the ALP to commit to redressing the laws which discriminate against same-sex couples, and to recognise that all Australians are equal.”

“It doesn’t matter whether a person is gay, straight or whatever. We are all human beings. And in sharing a common humanity, in the name of love, all people have a right to be treated with dignity, respect and equality under the law.” Mr Churchill concluded.

Darren Churchill

Australian Democrats candidate for Fraser

Darren.Churchill@act.democrats.org.au

0412 196 473

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