Sydney Symphony Orchestra Does A Backflip On SSM Stance Following Backlash

2 October 2017 | 11:51 am | Staff Writer

Their new statement has been met with "overwhelming support”.

After overwhelming backlash to its declaration on Thursday last week that it would remain "neutral" on the SSM debate, Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced a complete U-turn.

After drawing a swell of criticism last week, they’ve now issued a new statement on Facebook that supports the 'Yes' campaign.

“The Sydney Symphony Orchestra initially decided that it should remain neutral on this question, taking the view that as a matter of principle it would not take a position that might be seen to commit its wide range of stakeholders to one side or the other,” SSO said.

“In doing so, the Board now acknowledges that it misjudged the need for such an organisation – with its long commitment to inclusiveness, equality and fairness – publicly to proclaim its support for the yes vote which plainly advances each of those ideals.

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SSO states the decision has “overwhelming support” from its staff and musicians.

Incoming Chief Executive Officer Emma Dunch also issued a statement yesterday.

"As the incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra next January and an out, gay leader, I am proud to express my personal and professional commitment to advancing equality and inclusion for the LGBTQIA community, and to affirm my unflinching support for marriage equality,” Dunch said.

“I believe that same-sex marriage is inevitable in Australia, and that this outcome is right and just.”

Read the full statements below.