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16th July 2007 Email letter to the Editor of the Courier Mail with the heading National same sex couples equity debated while Queensland alone denies equity for same sex youth.


 

----- Original Message -----

From: John Frame

To: cmletters@qnp.newsltd.com.au

Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 11:51 PM

Subject: Same sex couples equity debated - yet Qld alone denies equity for youth.

 

Letter to the Editor, The Courier Mail:

 

National same sex couples equity debated while Queensland alone denies equity for same sex youth.

 

While media has recently focused attention on the unequal treatment of same sex Australian couples, I believe that most Queenslanders would be outraged to learn that since 2003 we have been the only state or territory which does not allow equal treatment of our same sex youth.

 

Queensland's unequal age of consent is not only actively discriminatory - it also places many youth at increased risk of HIV by impeding the delivery of vital safe sex information. Parents need to know that all of their children will be equally protected and supported under the law, regardless of their gender or their sexual orientation. 

 

In a 1990 PCJC Report, Peter Beattie declared his support for the majority recommendation of a truly equal age of consent, so exactly when will his Government enact reform to allow all Queensland youth the dignity of being equal under the law?

 

Yours sincerely,

 

John
 
John Frame
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www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm
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