Victoria’s deputy chief psychiatrist will remain on the board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) after publicly asserting same-sex marriage would affect “the future health of the nation”.

A spokesman for Victoria’s Attorney-General Robert Clark said the deputy chief psychiatrist, Professor Kuruvilla George, was entitled to his views and would remain on the VEOHRC board.

George was one of 150 medical professionals to sign a Senate inquiry submission opposed to same-sex marriage.

“Dr George, like all other citizens, has the right to freedom of expression and is entitled to take part as an individual citizen in public debate on national political issues,” the spokesman said.

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convenor Anna Brown told the Star Observer she was deeply concerned about the Attorney-General’s decision and it was “fundamentally inappropriate” for a VEOHRC board member to advocate discriminatory views against same-sex attracted people.

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