I cannot thank family, friends, colleagues, clients and the greater community enough for the support that has been shown in response to my “No to Discrimination” article.
People from all over the world have expressed tolerance and respect and our entire company is extremely proud to have taken such a strong stand, regardless of their age, race, colour, sex, or religion.
I promised to publish the letter and our response in my original article and I will honour that commitment. The danger of not showing the letter we received is that the true gravity of intolerance cannot be displayed. I am saddened when I hear of hate crimes being committed where gay men or women, people of colour or other minorities are killed or injured by ignorant people.
Most of the offenders are young people who may have behaved differently if we all discussed the issues freely, rather than turning a blind eye or waiting for some other company or person to act first.
Marquette Turner Luxury Homes will never be guilty of chasing money at the expense of doing what is right. All businesses need to make a profit to survive and equally every person in the company has to live in the community – have a right to be safe, have understanding for others and be proud of their decisions.
I ask that you commit to talking to as many people as possible about this issue, including employers so we can do our best to create a country that is tolerant. If we can create an environment where discrimination and bigotry have no place we will help protect each other from hate crimes in the future. I truly believe that by working together and discussing topics openly we can help solve problems like this.
Note: Whilst I urge every person to write to the author of the letter I do not condone any message which is rude or threatening or any act of violence whether implied or actual. Expressing openly the personal effect that such discrimination and bigotry has on you or others may help the author understand the ramifications of his opinions. I will publish our response to the letter on our website shortly.
You can also check out the employers – many Australia blue-chip companies – that are also supporting Australian Marriage Equality, including Qantas, Telstra, IBM, Westpac, ANZ and many more, click here
Michael Marquette, Marquette Turner Luxury Homes