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Marquette Turner Says “No” to Discrimination, “Yes” for Equality

by Marquette Turner

in Features, Good Causes, Special Reports, The Real State

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.

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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.

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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.

Michael Marquette

Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

AUNTY CARLA April 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Helloooo Darling
IM WITH YOU’S ALL THE WAY MOST OF MY G/FRIENDS AND MATES ARE GAY AND IM AGAINST THE CRAP ABOUT discrimination .YOU GO BOY.I’LL STICK UP FOR YA .

TAKECARE.
MWHAAAAAAAAAAA

Andrew Nesbitt April 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Well said. I knew there was a reason I immediately liked you guys when I found you on the net. It’s refreshing to see people not only stand by their convictions, but to also be strong enough to do that publicly. Well done.

Andrew

Andrew Nesbitt April 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Well said. I knew there was a reason I immediately liked you guys when I found you on the net. It’s refreshing to see people not only stand by their convictions, but to also be strong enough to do that publicly. Well done.

Andrew

Andrew Nesbitt April 22, 2009 at 8:56 am

Well said. I knew there was a reason I immediately liked you guys when I found you on the net. It’s refreshing to see people not only stand by their convictions, but to also be strong enough to do that publicly. Well done.

Andrew

Michael April 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

What is it with these homophobes, good on you Michael for standing up to these people. The letter written to you was appalling wish i had a chance to respond to it, but then again stooping to their level would be giving them the satisfaction that they have affected you.
Thanks for sticking up for the rights or all those that stand with you in own community.
Michael

Michael April 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

What is it with these homophobes, good on you Michael for standing up to these people. The letter written to you was appalling wish i had a chance to respond to it, but then again stooping to their level would be giving them the satisfaction that they have affected you.
Thanks for sticking up for the rights or all those that stand with you in own community.
Michael

Michael April 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm

What is it with these homophobes, good on you Michael for standing up to these people. The letter written to you was appalling wish i had a chance to respond to it, but then again stooping to their level would be giving them the satisfaction that they have affected you.
Thanks for sticking up for the rights or all those that stand with you in own community.
Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

Hi Nathan

I’m quite sure that most people making such offensive and bigoted comments couldn’t defend them. Thankfully we are having this discussion because the more we discuss it the better it is for the cause. Thanks as always for your support.

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

Hi Nathan

I’m quite sure that most people making such offensive and bigoted comments couldn’t defend them. Thankfully we are having this discussion because the more we discuss it the better it is for the cause. Thanks as always for your support.

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Hi Nathan

I’m quite sure that most people making such offensive and bigoted comments couldn’t defend them. Thankfully we are having this discussion because the more we discuss it the better it is for the cause. Thanks as always for your support.

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

Hi Shannon

Your support is truly wonderful – thank you for that. Human stupidity is something that worries me at times and the result of it we see everywhere. Your quote couldn’t be more true!

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

Hi Shannon

Your support is truly wonderful – thank you for that. Human stupidity is something that worries me at times and the result of it we see everywhere. Your quote couldn’t be more true!

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Hi Shannon

Your support is truly wonderful – thank you for that. Human stupidity is something that worries me at times and the result of it we see everywhere. Your quote couldn’t be more true!

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:19 am

I love you and I love your support – can’t wait to see you soon. Family support is really important.

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:19 am

I love you and I love your support – can’t wait to see you soon. Family support is really important.

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I love you and I love your support – can’t wait to see you soon. Family support is really important.

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:22 am

Hi Andrew

Your comment is really appreciated. Thanks so much for your support and I promise to continue standing up for things that matter. Have a great week!

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:22 am

Hi Andrew

Your comment is really appreciated. Thanks so much for your support and I promise to continue standing up for things that matter. Have a great week!

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Hi Andrew

Your comment is really appreciated. Thanks so much for your support and I promise to continue standing up for things that matter. Have a great week!

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

Hi Michael

How are you? I couldn’t appreciate your comments more. I just cannot ignore this type of discrimination and sweep it under the table – I’m thankful that so many friends have had the chance to see this rubbish and your support is wonderful.

All the best

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

Hi Michael

How are you? I couldn’t appreciate your comments more. I just cannot ignore this type of discrimination and sweep it under the table – I’m thankful that so many friends have had the chance to see this rubbish and your support is wonderful.

All the best

Michael

Michael Marquette April 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Hi Michael

How are you? I couldn’t appreciate your comments more. I just cannot ignore this type of discrimination and sweep it under the table – I’m thankful that so many friends have had the chance to see this rubbish and your support is wonderful.

All the best

Michael

Ron May 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

Thank you. My parner Antony & I have been together 21 years and would love nothing more than to see this happen in our lifetimes. X

Ron May 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

Thank you. My parner Antony & I have been together 21 years and would love nothing more than to see this happen in our lifetimes. X

Ron May 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Thank you. My parner Antony & I have been together 21 years and would love nothing more than to see this happen in our lifetimes. X

ken May 11, 2009 at 3:09 am

I was shocked at what I read re how Michael was on the end of 'hate mail' but this is to be expected in a society where 'scape-goats' are loaded with emotional and yet to be dealt with i.e.the senders' own guilt in this case.Their words reflect a total lack of insight and as for saying'in the world since the beginning of time'. Just when did time commence and whom was it that commenced measurement? I suggest it was not FamilyVoice nor God as He as we are expected to gather from others ' had no beginning and has no end' hence I offer there is no-time if FV can follow my logic?I too ran a stained glass business for over 35yrs; and yes it was dealing with a multitude of Faith's and I was myself, never closed off, free to design many commissions, represent Australia overseas and I too support A M E.Aussie through and through and bloody proud of it, convicts and Diggers rank in my family blood as they fell in the Great War and WW11.Just maybe I suggest and hope the prejudice within FV is never aimed at one of their sons' or daughters' who 'come-out', or are cast out or turned into a pillar of salt or beaten as was the poor women in Nigeria 'caught in adultry'..why was she stoned?? what of the guys who acted this out?Get a grip FamilyVoice as you do not give voice for all mankind, thank God and justice for that.Australia is a democratic society, if you don't like it then go elsewhere please.Think about it!signed….ken

ken May 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I was shocked at what I read re how Michael was on the end of 'hate mail' but this is to be expected in a society where 'scape-goats' are loaded with emotional and yet to be dealt with i.e.the senders' own guilt in this case.
Their words reflect a total lack of insight and as for saying'in the world since the beginning of time'. Just when did time commence and whom was it that commenced measurement? I suggest it was not FamilyVoice nor God as He as we are expected to gather from others ' had no beginning and has no end' hence I offer there is no-time if FV can follow my logic?
I too ran a stained glass business for over 35yrs; and yes it was dealing with a multitude of Faith's and I was myself, never closed off, free to design many commissions, represent Australia overseas and I too support A M E.Aussie through and through and bloody proud of it, convicts and Diggers rank in my family blood as they fell in the Great War and WW11.
Just maybe I suggest and hope the prejudice within FV is never aimed at one of their sons' or daughters' who 'come-out', or are cast out or turned into a pillar of salt or beaten as was the poor women in Nigeria 'caught in adultry'..why was she stoned?? what of the guys who acted this out?
Get a grip FamilyVoice as you do not give voice for all mankind, thank God and justice for that.
Australia is a democratic society, if you don't like it then go elsewhere please.
Think about it!

signed….ken

ken May 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I was shocked at what I read re how Michael was on the end of 'hate mail' but this is to be expected in a society where 'scape-goats' are loaded with emotional and yet to be dealt with i.e.the senders' own guilt in this case.
Their words reflect a total lack of insight and as for saying'in the world since the beginning of time'. Just when did time commence and whom was it that commenced measurement? I suggest it was not FamilyVoice nor God as He as we are expected to gather from others ' had no beginning and has no end' hence I offer there is no-time if FV can follow my logic?
I too ran a stained glass business for over 35yrs; and yes it was dealing with a multitude of Faith's and I was myself, never closed off, free to design many commissions, represent Australia overseas and I too support A M E.Aussie through and through and bloody proud of it, convicts and Diggers rank in my family blood as they fell in the Great War and WW11.
Just maybe I suggest and hope the prejudice within FV is never aimed at one of their sons' or daughters' who 'come-out', or are cast out or turned into a pillar of salt or beaten as was the poor women in Nigeria 'caught in adultry'..why was she stoned?? what of the guys who acted this out?
Get a grip FamilyVoice as you do not give voice for all mankind, thank God and justice for that.
Australia is a democratic society, if you don't like it then go elsewhere please.
Think about it!

signed….ken

ken May 11, 2009 at 5:09 am

I was shocked at what I read re how Michael was on the end of 'hate mail' but this is to be expected in a society where 'scape-goats' are loaded with emotional and yet to be dealt with i.e.the senders' own guilt in this case.
Their words reflect a total lack of insight and as for saying'in the world since the beginning of time'. Just when did time commence and whom was it that commenced measurement? I suggest it was not FamilyVoice nor God as He as we are expected to gather from others ' had no beginning and has no end' hence I offer there is no-time if FV can follow my logic?
I too ran a stained glass business for over 35yrs; and yes it was dealing with a multitude of Faith's and I was myself, never closed off, free to design many commissions, represent Australia overseas and I too support A M E.Aussie through and through and bloody proud of it, convicts and Diggers rank in my family blood as they fell in the Great War and WW11.
Just maybe I suggest and hope the prejudice within FV is never aimed at one of their sons' or daughters' who 'come-out', or are cast out or turned into a pillar of salt or beaten as was the poor women in Nigeria 'caught in adultry'..why was she stoned?? what of the guys who acted this out?
Get a grip FamilyVoice as you do not give voice for all mankind, thank God and justice for that.
Australia is a democratic society, if you don't like it then go elsewhere please.
Think about it!

signed….ken

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