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Mental Health Australia: "Noone should have to enduredebate"

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has today welcomed the statement by the nations peak body, Mental Health Australia (MHA) on the mental health impact a plebiscite would have on members of the Australian LGBTIQ community.

“MHA is yet another in a long line of organisations and individuals who have taken a stand against the proposed plebiscite. We welcome their statement highlighting the impact a plebiscite would have on the community,” AME National Spokesperson, Dr Shirleene Robinson said.

“This is a straightforward reform that can be achieved by a simple vote in the parliament,” Dr Robinson added.

“LGBTI Australians are strong and resilient but no one should have to endure a national debate on the worth and value of their relationships. AME has continuously opposed the plebiscite and will continue to work across party lines and throughout the country to achieve marriage equality without delay.”

“We will continue to engage all political parties to deliver a pathway to marriage equality without delay,” Dr Robinson concluded.

Frank Quinlan, the chief executive of Mental Health Australia, yesterday said additional funding would be needed for mental health services in the case of a plebiscite, with the debate already proven to have a negative impact on the mental health of young LGBTIQ people.

“We are saying a plebiscite is unnecessary. It’s the routine function of the Parliament to pass laws that remove discrimination,” he told Fairfax Media.

“Political parties of all sides change their policies to meet changing circumstances over time. We have already seen the Coalition change its super policy which it took to the election, so … perhaps the Coalition can make this decision.”

The new claims reiterate those made by Dr. Mark Cross in an interview with Same Same earlier this year.

“The amount of vitriol expressed against same-sex marriage is not only hurtful, but it causes blatant psychological harm,” he explained.

“As it is, LGBTIQ youth are 6-10 times more likely to commit suicide than their counterparts. The amount of stress, mental illness and risk in the community is statistically higher than in the general population.”

“Do not have a plebiscite, as it will cause immeasurable psychological harm to vulnerable children and youth. What more needs to be said?”

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sugarwalls

sugarwalls said on the 4th Oct, 2016

Yawns... It is time for a reality check!

We had an Federal election in 2016. The coalition was returned for a second term. What Labor and Greens want is irrelevant. All parties position on marriage equality was well known and Australian voters have spoken.

Plebiscite or nothing until at least the next election with no guarantee that either side will give a stuff in a few years time.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 4th Oct, 2016

If LGBTIQA+/DSG folk are going to argue that alleged hate and bigotry due to the proposed plebiscite will have a devastating impact on them then they also need to have a good look at how they treat each other.

There is enough bullying, discrimination, internalised homophobia, transphobia in LGBTIQA+/DSG cultures to really consider whether that also contributes to the mental stress and suicides of LGBTIQA+/DSG people.

Asherbella

Asherbella said on the 4th Oct, 2016

I think the debate on marriage equality nationally will expose homophobic bigots as being ignorant, and the gay community as being worthy to receive the respect we deserve.

What I'm worried about is young gay people absorbing the idea that gay love is somehow perverse, immoral; is a form of mental illness, or a sin. The very foundation of every romantic gay relationship will be challenged by homophobes in the coming months leading up to the plebiscite.

We'll have members of the Australian Christian Lobby saying that gay marriage will deprive children of gay parents of a happy childhood. We'll have the Catholic Church describe homosexuality as being the,"work of the devil" and we'll have Liberal MP's saying that marriage equality is part of the gay agenda to brainwash young children into being queer.

While all this is going on, some 14 year gay boys from private Anglican, Catholic and Jewish schools in every capital city of Australia will attempt suicide because they've internalized the notion that God made them to be unlovable, just by virtue of the fact they have wet dreams of giving blow jobs to sexy men.


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Pissedoff

Pissedoff said on the 10th Oct, 2016

Very well done. NO TO PLEBISCITE .

Dissily Mordentroge

Dissily Mordentroge said on the 10th Oct, 2016

Yawns... It is time for a reality check!

We had an Federal election in 2016. The coalition was returned for a second term. What Labor and Greens want is irrelevant. All parties position on marriage equality was well known and Australian voters have spoken.

Plebiscite or nothing until at least the next election with no guarantee that either side will give a stuff in a few years time.
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Carpe-Diem

Carpe-Diem said on the 11th Oct, 2016



Ohhh, I thought you said convertible babe?

http://www.wealthywheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Sir-Elton-Johns-Bentley-Corniche-Convertible.jpg

^ I'd preach in THAT convertible. ;)

Pope Fanny the first

Pope Fanny the first said on the 26th Oct, 2016

I'm more concerned that a plebiscite would result in a spike of homophobic attacks. We can expect a backlash against gay people when equality finally arrives, I believe it would be a more sustained attack if there was a plebiscite.

Dissily Mordentroge

Dissily Mordentroge said on the 26th Oct, 2016

Yawns... It is time for a reality check!

We had an Federal election in 2016. The coalition was returned for a second term. What Labor and Greens want is irrelevant. All parties position on marriage equality was well known and Australian voters have spoken.

Plebiscite or nothing until at least the next election with no guarantee that either side will give a stuff in a few years time.

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