Douglas Shire Council has reaffirmed its support for marriage equality, in a unanimously supported motion passed today.
“Back in November 2014, Council voted unanimously to support marriage equality,” said Mayor Julia Leu said.
“Today we have reaffirmed our support for changes to the Marriage Act to ensure all consenting adult couples, irrespective of sex, gender identity or sexuality, have the choice to legally marry in celebration of their relationship,” Mayor Leu said.
“It’s time, it’s definitely overdue, for legislation to support marriage equality for all Australians,” she said.
“Our beautiful Shire is a spectacular setting for weddings – we host around 500 ceremonies each year, and we look forward to welcoming same-sex couples celebrating their wedding day.
“The voluntary postal survey in September on marriage equality is an opportunity to further clarify Council’s position and we will provide this advice to the Federal Member for Leichhardt, The Hon Warren Entsch,” she said.
On 4 November 2014, Council made this proclamation:
We believe that marriage between two loving and committed adults, regardless of gender and sexuality, deserves to be celebrated, validated and acknowledged.
We believe that when people’s love is not recognised by law, it is the law that needs to be changed.
We believe our elected leaders have a responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens.
We believe that Marriage Equality is about human rights and respect.
We believe in celebrating diversity and inclusion in our society.
We, of Douglas Shire Council proclaim our support for Marriage Equality.
It’s time for legislation to support Marriage Equality.