news Telstra has retreated from any involvement in a same-sex marriage campaign, reportedly following suggestions from the Catholic Church that it would boycott companies supporting the issue.
According to The Australian, Archdiocese of Sydney business manager Michael Digges wrote to corporations whose logos were featured with their permission on a full-page Australian Marriage Equality advertisement in May last year implying it would withdraw its custom from those companies.
The Australian quoted a letter from Diggs that stated:
“You may be aware that the Catholic archdiocese of Sydney is a significant user of goods and services from many corporations, both local and international. Undoubtedly, many of the Catholic population of Sydney would be your employees, customers, partners and suppliers. It is therefore with grave concern that I write to you about the Marriage Equality for Australians campaign.”
Telstra, which holds contracts with Catholic schools across Australia, explained in a statement yesterday that it has a “long tradition of supporting diversity and inclusion” and that its position on the issue “has not changed”.
However, following indications from the Government that if it wins the next election it will call a plebiscite on the issue, “[U]ltimately, Parliament will decide the matter”, said Telstra.
“Our people and stakeholders can contribute to this process and out of respect, it is important we allow them to voice their own views,” the firm added.
Without mentioning the same-sex campaign, Telstra concluded: “Given this we have no further plans to be active in the debate.”
Telstra’s logo had featured in two advertisements for AME last year, in May and June, and still appeared on the organisation’s website when this article was published.
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