InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in Australasia has joined the likes of Flight Centre, Qantas and Uber, by adding its voice to the call for equal marriage rights.

The hotelier described itself as a “corporate supporter of Australian Marriage Equality” this week as nearly 16 million ballot papers were posted out to Australians across the country for the historic survey.

According to IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for Australasia & Japan, Karin Sheppard, “equality simply makes sense” to the company, including its thousands of employees and millions of guests.

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“With the Australian Marriage Law Survey now confirmed to go ahead we felt this was an important time to add our community message of support for a social issue that speaks to our belief about equality,” Karin Sheppard, IHG Chief Operating Officer said.

“LGBTI people may find themselves surrounded by difficult conversations over the coming weeks as the topic is debated in the public domain.

“Our message to our colleagues, and their friends and families, is that we are with them 100 percent.”

Karin Sheppard, IHG Chief Operating Officer

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The executive continued, saying that the issue of marriage equality is no longer a political one but rather a social one and IHG will stand by its value to do the right thing by promoting “diversity, inclusion and true hospitality”.

IHG’s stance follows on from Flight Centre Australia’s brave decision to promote marriage equality through attention-grabbing images on social media.

The agency group urged its 875,000 followers to ensure they’re enrolled to vote and changed profile page display image to one featuring the colours of the rainbow.

READ: Flight Centre comes out with brave stance on equality

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