ACTU comes out in support of marriage equality

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The ACTU has taken a clear position for marriage equality.

Australia's peak trade union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), has finally adopted a position of supporting marriage equality. The decision follows a recent move by one of its largest affiliates, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association, to drop its militant opposition to marriage equality.

Australia's peak trade union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), has finally adopted a position of supporting marriage equality. The decision follows a recent move by one of its largest affiliates, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association, to drop its militant opposition to marriage equality.

The motion adopted by the ACTU's executive on August 17 also calls on PM Malcolm Turnbull “to allow a free vote on [marriage equality] thus avoiding a divisive and costly plebiscite and providing an opportunity for our elected representatives to ensure equal rights for all couples regardless of their gender”.

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