Lesbians kissingIn a surprisingly political move, American-owned online travel agent Hotels.com has called on the Australian Government to legalise same sex marriage ahead of this weekend’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney.

“We wanted to come out and show our support too for marriage equality in Australia,” said Abhiram Chowdhry, Vice President Asia-Pacific of Hotels.com.

“Regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual identity, we support the right of our employees to work and live in an environment free of prejudice and discrimination and enjoy the same freedoms that opposite-sex couples enjoy.

Mr Chowdry claimed Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent study showing 72 per cent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

“We agree,” he said.

“Globally, around 20 countries have passed laws to allow same-sex marriage, including the US, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada – which did so with less support for marriage equality than Australia right now.”

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