By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier

After a backlash against Roger Corbett’s public support of the ‘No’ campaign in the marriage equality debate, Woolworths has distanced the company from the ALH chairman.

Earlier this week Corbett was a guest on ABC’s 7:30 program, where he took to voicing his opposition to same-sex marriage. He stated that the LGBTQI couples “have a perfect right to a union that is exactly equal … but let’s call marriage marriage.”

He continued to advocate for the ‘No’ campaign in the marriage equality debate, stating: “Marriage between a man and a woman and the family unit remains paramount.”

In the 24 hours following the broadcast, Woolworths received a torrent of backlash in response to Corbett’s comments, with many people taking to social media with plans to boycott the supermarket.

Woolworths released a statement in response, reaffirming their commitment to marriage equality, and that the company was “proud to embrace diversity”.

In many responses to customer tweets, Woolworths distanced itself from Corbett, describing him as a “former employee”. Corbett has been the chairman of ALH Group, of which Woolworths owns a 75 per cent share, since April 2016.

Australian Hotelier reached out to ALH for its own statement regarding Corbett’s comments, and asked whether the pub group was now facing a similar boycott of its pubs. ALH had not responded at the time of publication.

Vanessa Cavasinni

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier and Club Management, trade publications for the pub and club sectors respectively. Vanessa has been at the helm of Australian Hotelier since...

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