Council flies the flag for marriage equality

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Lismore City Council today raised a rainbow flag at its Council Chambers in Goonellabah in support of marriage equality.

The flag raising is part of a broader resolution on marriage equality that was adopted by Council on 13 June and comes as Australians wait to receive their postal survey form for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

“As we head into the yes/no campaign for marriage equality and the postal survey, there is no better time for our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex) community to know that Council supports their fight for equal rights in our society,” said Councillor Darlene Cook, who moved the motion.

“This is a clear statement that Council embraces our LGBTQI community and believes they should have the right to marry who they wish. This debate is a no-brainer. Love is love.”

As part of the 13 June motion, Council resolved the following:

  • Council confirms its long held commitment to publicly support marriage equality for all persons irrespective of sex, gender identity or sex characteristics.
  • Council writes to all Federal Members of Parliament and the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission advising them of Council’s ongoing commitment and support for marriage equality.
  • Council writes to all political parties with representation in the Federal Parliament encouraging them to prioritise debating changes to the Marriage Act and to allow a genuine conscience vote on marriage equality; and
  • Council fly a rainbow flag or banner in a prominent place in the city until marriage equality is achieved at a federal level.

Image: Raising a rainbow flag at the Lismore City Council Chambers are Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird (front) with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers.

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