Lets get one thing clear.. Business and politics DO MIX! With my recent (and colorful) support in favor of marriage equality, I have been questioned as to why I felt it necessary to voice and all too taboo opinion on the issue as a business. I have been told voicing a political or personal opinion as the voice of a business will result in a loss of business or divide clients opinions and cause concern for prospective customers who may not agree with my agenda and therefore not want to engage my services.
To that I say – GREAT!
I hear you gasping. But really it is OK! If someone was turned off by my pursuit for human rights and felt that aside from the skills, service and other business offerings I have to give; that they could simply no longer work with me because they don’t agree – GREAT! All politically views aside, if having a closed minded reaction to a view that is different to yours would prevent us from working harmoniously together, I feel that the result of that interaction would never have been a successful one regardless of our political polarities.
I love to work with clients on a personal level. That is what separates my business from the pack, I get to know my clients and enjoy that process as a part of my service to them. I have a ‘ONE WEDDING per DAY’ policy for a reason, it is my passion for dedicating my time and skills wholeheartedly into every wedding I do that brings out the best in my designs and in my working relationships with clients.
My support for marriage equality isn’t driven by corporate gain or a strategic business move, nor have I hitched my wagon to a campaign for the betterment of my bottom line. The single reason I actively share my support and have rallied towards marriage equality is because my conscience and heart told me that was the right thing to do and THE only thing to do!
From it’s inception, Botanic and Bloom has been a brand with conscience and integrity. From my views toward reducing our global footprints and wastage, to only using recyclable and reusable packaging materials, avoiding toxic floral foam, composting green waste and including images I post online and social channels being all of my own work instead of the more common practice of ‘borrowing’ from google; All of these daily practices stem from a place of integrity and honesty and the very core of being a good honest human, both personally and in business. For me there is no difference. My business is a reflection of my passion and creativity, it is me – wholly owned, operated and run by me; so how could I become a part of an industry through which I would only service a portion of the population at the exclusion of all others in a manner in which dehumanizes and creates injustice and not feel at odds with that?
“Marriage according to Australian Law- Is the union between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others”
Ultimately in order to change these laws, a conversation needs to be had. As a wedding business owner I feel I have a social duty to share my opinion on matters that overtly affect the industry I work in. As a wedding professional, I see it as a gross injustice that a community of people are told they are not worthy of a ceremonious display of their affections towards one another.
Same sex couples are legally allowed to enter into civil union partnership.. but this is not nearly the same thing as marriage. Marriage licenses grant innumerable rights to married couples, rights that are not endowed to same sex couples in civil unions.
Gay Marriage will have no impact whatsoever on heterosexual communities, just as racial integration in the 60’s had no negative impact on white communities. This is the same concept with legalization of same sex marriage, it will grant the LGBTQI community a right that has been immorally denied to them.
As a business with conscience I will make no apologies for standing up for the rights of others and sharing in my opinion that EVERYONE deserves the right to choose to marry in the same legal capacity as is currently being given to some.
An open letter from Australian business leaders in support of marriage equality
We, the business, industry and sporting leaders of Australia, write to express our support for Marriage Equality.
We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees, clients and suppliers to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.
The rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support seeing it treat all its citizens equally. Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.
Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent, believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree. Of the remaining twenty-eight percent only fourteen percent strongly opposed the proposition.
Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain. These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.
On May 22nd, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves. On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favor of legalizing same sex marriage across all 50 states.
These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language.
Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one. Therefore we simply must create a fair and respectful environment for ALL.
Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.
We support the right for all our employees, clients, friends and industry associates to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.
Owner and Florist
Botanic and Bloom Floral Design
IF YOU ARE STILL READING – Firstly THANKS for sticking around.. and Secondly – You too can share your support and JOIN THE 701 CORPORATIONS (including McDonalds, QANTAS, Target and Apple) & 383 LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY via the following initiate from the Equality Campaign.