Marriage Equality

ALIA Board statement on marriage equality

On Thursday 7 December, 2017, ALIA Board members made the following statement regarding the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Bill. 

The ALIA Board is delighted that the Government has listened to the majority and enacted legislative change to enable marriage equality and create a fairer society for LGBTIQA+ communities.

On Wednesday 15 November, 2017, ALIA Board members made the following statement regarding the outcome of the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite. 

The ALIA Board is delighted to see the response to the marriage equality postal survey has denounced the discriminatory legislation currently in effect. The ALIA Board hopes that the government listens to the majority and enacts legislative change to enable marriage equality as quickly as possible to create a fairer society for LGBTQIA+ communities.

On Tuesday 15 August, 2017, ALIA Board members made the following statement regarding the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite. Below are some key facts and dates.

Many of our ALIA Members are part of the LGBTQIA+ community and the ALIA Board of Directors would like to assure them of our continued support through the coming weeks, as the same-sex marriage debate continues. We encourage our Members to exercise their right to vote, and to ensure that library users have access to the information they need to help them understand the issues.

On Friday 22 September, 2017, ALIA Board members updated their statement regarding the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite. 

The ALIA Board agrees that the current Commonwealth legislation dealing with marriage is discriminatory, and that a yes response to the postal survey is required to right this discrimination. At a human level, we regret the divisions that are forming and the impact on the well-being of our Members. We believe the majority of our personal members will support a yes vote and we, as a Board, do so too. 

We continue to encourage ALIA Members to participate in the postal survey; to support our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and clients; and to ensure that library users have access to the information they need to help them understand the issues.

See the FAIR website for further details.