Telstra has once again announced its public support for marriage equality, less than a week after it decided to withdraw itself from the debate.
The telco giant copped a nationwide backlash last week when The Australian newspaper reported that they were quietly retreating from their public support for the issue after threats of a boycott from the Catholic Church.
Now Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has said in a statement he “would like to address a number of concerns and misunderstandings” regarding Telstra’s position on the issue.
“Telstra supports marriage equality. Last week we advised that out of respect for the individual our view had been that we would not add further to the debate on marriage equality ahead of a plebiscite or parliamentary debate,” he said.
“It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do.
“By renewing our active position, we acknowledge that we are at equal risk of inflaming a new debate but it is the right thing to do.
“It also remains very important that we continue to recognise and respect the right of the individual to hold their own view on this issue.”