Ahead of a cross-party bill on same-sex marriage that is set to be debated in August, the NRL has endorsed marriage for all.
The Australian Parliament has voted down same-sex marriage on a number of occasions, partly due to the opposition of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party. However, he is under pressure to allow a free vote on the next bill on the issue, following landmark victories for equality in the United States and Ireland.
Announcing the move, the NRL’s Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young said: “One of the NRL’s core values is inclusiveness and we have put in place practices and policies to support and recognise the rights of our LGBTI community. Accordingly, the NRL supports marriage equality".
“We are very proud that the NRL was the first national sporting organisation to join as a member of the Pride in Diversity Index. For the past three years our welfare and education programs have included homophobia as part of our broader Respectful Relationships programs", she added.
The NRL’s stance simply reflects the growing momentum for marriage equality across all sections of Australian society.
Recently, top Australian underwear and swimwear company AussieBum also supports the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia by releasing a special line of underwear highlighting the issue.
It´s time Australia!
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