MULS' Statement: Marriage Law Postal Survey
In the spirit of our Equity Policy and given the upcoming closing date of the Marriage Law Postal Survey on 27 October, MULS would like to express its support for marriage equality and people from all sexual orientations and gender identities.
MULS is a student society that believes in respect, inclusivity and tolerance towards others. Equality before the law and freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right. We therefore do not align with current legislation affecting our diverse community.
With the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey initiating loud public discourse, we acknowledge this may be a difficult time for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community (or know someone who is) and feel you are struggling at any stage, there are many support systems which you can seek assistance including the services at Campus Wellbeing, which are available to students free of charge. Living Proud offers the QLife telephone line: a national counselling and referral service specifically for LGBTIQ people. Headspace also provide free counselling and support services and have a long history of helping LGBTIQ youth, while BeyondBlue have a 24/7 phone line service on 1300 22 46 36. Finally, the Ally Network at Macquarie University is a group of staff and students who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture at the university for LGBTIQ community members and can provide a contact point on campus for anyone interested in or affected by issues involving sexuality or gender identity.