The Importance Of Marriage Equality To LGBTI Aged Care


Just Equal call LGBTI marriage equality supporters to respond to government survey raising benefits of marriage equality for same-sex couples in aged care sector
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LGBTI lobby group just.equal is calling on marriage equality supporters

They are asked to respond to a federal government survey on LGBTI same-sex couples in aged care.

To help raising the benefits of marriage equality for older LGBTI people.

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Minister Ken Wyatt has announced a review of national strategies to support the aged care needs of LGBTI people.

on June 30 they’ll replace the strategy with a broader Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The strategies will address the systemic barriers diverse groups face to accessing aged care services.

Just.equal spokesperson Brian Greig said the review is an chance for the LGBTI community.

Brian will raise issues of the inability of same-sex couples to marry which will cause problems later in life.

“Heaps of studies have found that marriage equality is important to the social, legal and physical wellbeing of  same-sex couples,”

“The de-facto recognition of same-sex couples often proves inadequate for many of the critical administrative functions we need in out later years.

Mr Grieg also said that same-sex couples unable to marry would mean can mean the staff caring for them would have problems dealing with:

  • visiting rights,
  • power of attorney,
  • medical decisions for an incapacitated spouse,
  • hostile and estranged family members,
  • sharing rooms and prejudice from religiously-managed facilities.

Mr Greig said the Minister needed to aware of these issues, especially as he has opposed marriage equality, but has an open mind.

“As a Liberal moderate Mr Wyatt could be encouraged to support a free vote on marriage equality.

So long a Mr Wyatt has a better understanding of the difficulties and discrimination its absence creates,” he said.

Aged care consumers and carers from LGBTI backgrounds, aged care providers and peak bodies can take part in an online survey.

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They can also writing a lengthier submission.

To fill out the survey, visit the website here.

The surveys will close at 5pm on April 28 and take around 15 minutes to complete.

Submission forms are open until 5pm on May 12.

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