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Global reiterates support for marriage equality ahead of vote

Global reiterates support for marriage equality ahead of vote

Marriage equality

In the lead up to the same-sex marriage postal vote, a global law firm has reiterated its support for marriage equality in Australia.

With only one day left to ascertain details are correct in securing the opportunity to vote on the same-sex marriage plebiscite, Baker McKenzie has issued a statement, enforcing its position on the matter.

“As a firm, we want to reiterate our support for marriage equality,” Baker McKenzie national managing partner, Anthony Foley, said.

“We are committed as a firm locally and globally to creating and maintaining a supportive and inclusive working environment, where individuals of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression can succeed professionally and fully contribute to the goals of the firm.

“The diversity within Baker McKenzie is what makes us strong, and we will always work to build and celebrate a culture which will enable all of our people to flourish.”

Mr Foley noted that the “next few weeks are likely to see some intensive public debates in the press and on social media in relation to marriage equality”.

“It is crucial that everyone in our firm feels supported and valued and that all discussions and behaviours in this debate are respectful, calm and constructive,” he said.

“Diversity is a cornerstone of our culture. We believe an inclusive workplace gives clients true insight and exceptional service. This isn’t only good for business, but the right thing to do.”

Today, 24 August 2017, is the final day citizens can register their enrolment or change their enrolment details on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). 

On 12 September, Australian Post will begin to send out ballots, giving people the opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for same-sex marriage, with the result to be revealed on 15 November. 

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