One of the most controversial topics in recent months has been the same-sex marriage plebiscite. With plenty of individuals and companies throwing their support the ‘yes’ campaign, one more huge supporter has now stepped forward.
As The Herald Sun reports, the Australian Football League have today announced a temporary logo change, proving to be one of the biggest public showings of support for the ‘yes’ movement.
Replacing the usual AFL logo at the league’s headquarters, the new logo bears the word ‘yes’ instead, joining a growing number of voices urging Australians to vote ‘yes’ on the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
— Nat Edwards (@Nat_Edwards) September 20, 2017
According to a statement from the AFL, the logo will remain changed until Thursday, when it will revert back to the old logo.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan also spoke to Fox Footy about the change, and why it was so important for the league to have this stance. “I think that we are a leader (in the community), whether people like that or not, and this is an issue that means a lot to many of our players and many of my employees and a lot of people in the community,” McLachlan said.
“I think our position is that we need to have a strong statement — even if it was only for our staff — but I think it’s broader than that. Beyond that, it’s not to lecture. So people should get out and vote and have their view, but this something that actually talks to a core value of ours which is actual equality.”
“People, whether it’s based on race, gender, sexuality, shouldn’t be discriminated against.”
The AFL is committed to equality & diversity, & we support the rights of all Australians to live, work & play free from discrimination. pic.twitter.com/XUoAuEcwzJ
— AFL (@AFL) September 20, 2017