GPH Welcomes Same Sex Marriage Survey Results

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November 15, 2017

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Grand Pacific Health CEO Ron de Jongh says it’s clear that the broader Australian community support same sex marriage and is encouraging politicians to act accordingly:

“The people have spoken and it’s now time for the Marriage Act to recognise the right to the institution of marriage of any adult and their consenting adult partner regardless of gender.”

“As an inclusive health care provider and leader in the delivery of mental health services, we are opposed to any form of discrimination and it’s clear that 61.6% of Australians who voted on this issue feel the same,” added Mr de Jongh.

GPH’s position is based on research that LGBTIQ + Australians are twice as likely to experience anxiety (31.5 per cent compared with 14.1 per cent) and three times as likely to experience depression and related disorders (19 per cent compared with 6 per cent) (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008).

“These detrimental health impacts are continued by refusing this significant part of our community access to the same privileges as the rest of the population,” said Mr de Jongh.

“We are known as an LGBTIQ + friendly space and our public position in the debate supports this,” added Mr de Jongh.

“Now is the time for our parliamentarians to adopt the legislation the Australian people so overwhelmingly told them to adopt and do it without delay,” added Mr de Jongh.



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