AUSTRALIAN telecommunications company Telstra has backflipped on its position on publicly supporting marriage equality after it was criticised for bowing under pressure from the Catholic Church last week.

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said the company would renew its “active” position on marriage equality after “significant debate and commentary”.

“Telstra supports marriage equality. Last week we advised that out of respect for the individual our view had been that we would not add further to the debate on marriage equality ahead of a plebiscite or parliamentary debate,” Mr Penn wrote on the Telstra website.

“It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do.”

Mr Penn said Telstra has “long advocated and often pioneered the fostering of a more supportive, diverse workplace”.

The company was the focus of intense criticism last week when it was reported that it would no longer “figure in prominently in the wider public debate” about marriage equality after reportedly receiving threats from the Catholic Church to boycott its services.

LGBT business leaders called for businesses to boycott Telstra’s services after the announcement.

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