Equality will take another step forward at tomorrow’s Sydney Mardi Gras, with Australian Defence Force (ADF)personnel marching for the first time in uniform.
Both homosexual and heterosexual members are marching to show support for equality and workplace inclusion.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator the Hon David Feeney says he is proud to see the ADF reflecting the community it serves.
“I am pleased to see that ADF members who serve their nation with pride, who put their lives on the line, are finally able to march in the uniforms they wear day-in and day-out.
“This is a decision that not everyone will agree with, but it is a fair decision and it is the right decision. I fully support this move.
“It is a rewarding moment when our ADF can be who they were born to be and to be proud of it – I am proud of each and every one of them.
“This is just another step in this government removing discrimination against same-sex couples from a wide range of federal laws, including tax, social security, health, aged care and employment,” Senator Feeney said.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary since the cancellation of the Defence Instruction ‘Homosexual Behaviour in the Australian Defence Force’ in 1992.
Up to 90 ADF personnel are expected to march.
Of course, participation is voluntary.
Senator Feeney's Office: Jeffrey von Drehnen 0477 348 476