Sydney archdiocese denies threatening boycott of firms that support same-sex marriage
April 22, 2016
The Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, has rejected a charge that it has threatened to boycott firms that are engaged in a public advocacy campaign to promote legal acceptance of same-sex marriage.
Last year a representative of the archdiocese wrote to firms that do business with the Church, reminding them of the Catholic teaching on marriage, and saying that business associates should "be comfortable with the association of their name and brand with the archdiocese." The archdiocese added that Archbishop Anthony Fisher had met with business leaders-- along with political leaders-- to discuss same-sex marriage and other important issues.
The archdiocesan statement came after Telstra, the Australian communications giant, issued its own statement denying that it had been pressured by the Church to drop its support for same-sex marriage. The corporation said that it continues to support the acceptance of same-sex unions, although it has taken a less prominent role in the public debate.
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