Doc­tors urge politi­cians to act quickly

North Coast Weekender - - News -

DOC­TORS have urged Fed­eral MPs to de­liver mar­riage equal­ity with­out de­lay.

The Royal Aus­tralasian Col­lege of Physi­cians wel­comed the postal sur­vey re­sult, say­ing it val­i­dated what “we al­ready know”.

“We be­lieve the pub­lic health case for mar­riage equal­ity is strong,” col­lege pres­i­dent Cather­ine Yel­land said.

“The cur­rent def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage en­trenches dis­crim­i­na­tion and chang­ing this def­i­ni­tion will be an im­por­tant step towards en­sur­ing le­gal, so­ci­etal and health eq­uity for LGBTI Aus­tralians and their fam­i­lies.

“We urge Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to now show lead­er­ship on this is­sue and ac­cel­er­ate laws to de­liver mar­riage equal­ity and re­move dis­crim­i­na­tion… with­out any fur­ther de­lay.”

The Aus­tralian Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vice said it was pleased mar­riage equal­ity had been recog­nised by the Aus­tralian peo­ple as a right.

“ACOSS ap­plauds all those across Aus­tralian so­ci­ety who cam­paigned tire­lessly for this out­come, and all of those Aus­tralian peo­ple who voted yes to fi­nally re­mov­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory bar­ri­ers to mar­riage,” the coun­cil said.

“ACOSS calls on the Par­lia­ment to en­sure the leg­is­la­tion is ex­pe­dited and that it re­tains the nec­es­sary hu­man rights pro­tec­tions all Aus­tralian peo­ple en­joy.

“In now act­ing on this re­sult the Par­lia­ment must not trade away ex­ist­ing im­por­tant anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion pro­tec­tions for all Aus­tralians in re­turn for the right to marry.”

Med­i­cal cir­cles have asked for a quick pas­sage to same sex mar­riage.

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