Catholic Church blackmails Telstra to ditch support for Marriage Equality
Telecommunications giant Telstra has abandoned its support for marriage equality after the Catholic Church threatened to end all contracts with the company.
Up until now, the company has been a strong supporter of equal rights, however today’s capitulation to the demands of a conservative religious body affirms that its support of Australia’s LGBTI community takes second place when it comes to maintaining its profits derived from religious bigotry.
The shock move will come as a slap in the face to the many thousands of Telstra customers, employees and members of the community at large who have, until today, supported Telstra’s progressive stance.
In 2015 the company was an official sponsor for the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
According to a report by The Australian, Michael Digges, the Archdiocese of Sydney business manager, sent a letter to every corporation which allowed their logos to be used as a show of support for same-sex marriage in an Australian Marriage Equality (AME) ad which ran last May.
In the letter Mr Digges indicated that the Catholic Church would be withdrawing all its contracts from Telstra if it did not cease to publicly support marriage equality.
Telstra currently holds contracts for all the Catholic schools in Australia.
Telstra today announced that it has “no plans” to continue campaigning for marriage equality.