SBS Defends Its Decision To Support Same-Sex Marriage

SBS Defends Its Decision To Support Same-Sex Marriage

Government broadcaster SBS has defended its position in supporting same-sex marriage after the issue was raised today in the Senate estimates hearings.

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Senator Matt Canavan said SBS has taken sides during the marriage equality debate, reported The Sydney Morning Herald, questioning the broadcaster’s inclusion of its logo in a full-page ad of supporting organisations, which appeared in The Australian earlier this year.

Same-sex marriage is still against the law in Australia, and as a public broadcaster, not a private company, Canavan questioned why the body is involved.

“Why is it appropriate for a public broadcaster to involve themselves in a political campaign on issues such as this?” Canavan asked SBS managing director, Michael Ebeid.

To which Ebeid replied: “We are an organisation that does everything we can to support equality,” further adding he believes it’s a societal issue, rather than a political issue.

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SBS told B&T there is nothing further to add.