I am a person who has no problem in standing for what I believe in. I don’t care if it costs me money by standing by my convictions and I don’t care if it makes me popular or not. In the end I believe you have to go to sleep at night and be comfortable with your decisions and what you stand for. Of course this approach doesn’t suit everyone and that’s ok, it’s not meant to.
The reason I am raising this issue is because I have received a hate letter from a married couple in Melbourne. Their letter stated that they had noticed that Marquette Turner “appeared” on the Australian Marriage Equality website as a company that supported marriage equality in Australia – in other words marriage for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.
The letter which I will show in full next week went further to state that “homosexual behaviour is unhealthy and should not be promoted”. It also stated that if Marquette Turner didn’t change its position they would never use our company’s services. My reaction was quick and simple – we too have a choice as to whom we will do business with and we have no desire to ever do business with bigots.
We do not support discrimination of any kind and I am a huge supporter of equal rights for all. We live in a secular country and every person should be able to live their life as they choose. I do not want a country that allows religion to influence law – which religion would we use as our guide given that Australia is a multicultural society? Which religion is the right one, given there are so many throughout the world? Does anyone have the audacity to say that other religions are all wrong?
Incidentally, I will add that other company’s that appear on the AME website are some of Australia’s (and the world’s) greatest companies, and include IBM, ANZ, Westpac, Qantas, St George, Telstra and Commonwealth Bank. We are in great company.
I am proud to be Australian and love the people I work with, my family and friends. I do not classify people according to whether they have the same beliefs as me, with my focus being that each person has the right to live equally and fairly and have an expectation to be treated the same under the law.
I will publish the appalling letter that was sent to me next week along with my reply and I urge all people whether in Australia or Abroad to write to the authors of the bigoted letter I received and clearly state your point of view. I am proud to be one of the founders of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes and equally proud to reiterate my support for Australian Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination in every instance.
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