Respected Aboriginal elder Harold Hunt OAM has given his support to the marriage equality “yes” campaign.
In a new video by the Equality Campaign, the 91-year-old says he’s faced discrimination as an Aboriginal man, and wants to see all Australians treated equally.
“I’ve experienced racism all the way through… I was treated as different because I was Aboriginal,” he said.
“We’re going to treat gay and lesbian people differently? Why? That’s who they are.
“We’re talking about equality and the dinkum Aussie ‘fair go’. There’s one group of people here that we’re not giving a fair go.”
Hunt was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2014 for his work as a counsellor in Indigenous communities.
He urged all Australians to vote “yes” because “you’re going to be helping a lot more people than you think.”
“It’s terribly important, to have the love of another human being, that we care enough about each other to want to be able to share the rest of your life with that person,” he said.
“What harm will it do to the country if gay and lesbian people get married?
“If people of the same sex marry each other, what effect is that going to have on the country, on the lifestyle of people?”
Time is running out to mail your same-sex marriage postal survey form if you haven’t already.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has urged everyone to post their forms by tomorrow (October 26) to ensure its received and counted before the cutoff date of November 7.
The result will be announced on November 15.
Watch Harold Hunt’s video below, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should note it may contain images and voices of deceased persons:
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