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Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

Human rights should not be determined by personal bias

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Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville.

Marriage equality is a human rights issue, and not one that should be determined by personal bias. None of us have the right to decide who should love each other and how they should express their love. It is the responsibility of all governments (federal, state and local) to uphold freedom of choice and equal rights for all.

The Tweed Shire Council is to be congratulated for taking a public stance in support of a vulnerable group within the local community for which it is responsible, in line with its stated ‘guiding principles’ to ‘act fairly, ethically and without bias’ and to ‘consider social justice principles’ when making decisions.

It is unconscionable that the federal government has not displayed such responsibility and integrity when it chose to expose our LBGTIQ people to even more injustice and persecution than what they have already endured. This issue could have been resolved quickly and painlessly by allowing a free vote in parliament by our elected representatives. But instead these vulnerable disadvantaged citizens have been embroiled in a very public and often abusive, divisive, misinformed debate because Malcolm Turnbull could not resolve the division within his own party.

If governments focus more on promoting love and making decisions which embrace our differences, the world could become a better place free of discrimination, human suffering, poverty and war.

 


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