Media Release: Police Pride Parade Contingent Welcomed – Bishop Urged To Listen To Catholics Who Support Marriage Equality

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Gay rights advocate and outgoing Tasmanian of the Year, Rodney Croome, has welcomed the decision by Tasmania Police to march in uniform in tomorrow’s Tas Pride Parade, a first for the state.

Mr Croome said,

“I congratulate Commissioner Hine and Tasmanian Police for showing their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.”

“This shows how far Tasmania has come since we were the last state to decriminalise homosexuality, and it is something all Tasmanians can be proud of.”

“The simple message being sent by Darren Hine and the other police who will march in the parade is that there is no room for prejudice, discrimination and exclusion in the police service and in Tasmanian society more broadly.”

Commissioner Hine will also speak at tomorrow’s Tas Pride rally, and will be introduced by Mr Croome.

Tas Pride is Tasmania’s annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) festival.

Meanwhile, Mr Croome has urged the Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous, to listen to Catholics who support marriage equality after students and parents walked out of a Catholic College graduation ceremony in Hobart in response to the Archbishop’s comments against the reform.

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Students also responded to the comments by chalking a rainbow outside the same College.

Mr Croome said,

“I urge Archbishop to listen to those Catholics who want Christian principles of justice and equity extended to same-sex couples seeking to marry.”

“As Pope Francis keeps reminding Catholics, dogma on issues like marriage should not be allowed to drive faithful Catholics away from the Church.”

For the report Police show gay support as officers join Tas Pride Parade click here.

For a report on the protests against Archbishop Porteous’ comments, click here.

For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.

Author: Rodney Croome
Publication: Tasmania United for Marriage Equality Press Release
Date: 6 November 2015