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CFA welcomes equality survey result
The ABS today (15 November) announced the result of the Australian Government’s survey on marriage equality.
61 per cent of those who voted, did so in favour of giving LGBTI couples the right to marry.
Volunteer firefighter Russell Wright, who founded CFA Pride, welcomed today’s result.
“This is a significant day for the LGBTI community, their family and friends,” Russell said.
“The past few weeks have been a challenging time, but it has been tremendous to see such clear and strong support from CFA leadership.”
Russell highlighted the actions of Chief Officer Steve Warrington in sending a message that inclusion starts from the top.
“Having the Chief Officer proudly wear rainbow coloured epaulettes over the last few months has been such a strong statement.”
“It has said to all those within CFA and beyond that we are a welcoming and inclusive organisation that represents the communities we protect.”
“These values and seeing the Chief Officer take the lead with this and public events like leading the Midsumma Pride March earlier this year make me proud to be part of CFA.”
CFA Pride is a support network for CFA’s LGBTI firefighters that was established by Russell in 2015, and was this year awarded the 2017 Volunteering Victoria State Award for Inclusion.
Russell is a volunteer firefighter from Walhalla in Gippsland.