Indigo sup­ports gay com­mu­nity

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

INDIGO Shire Coun­cil has ex­pressed its sup­port for les­bian and gay peo­ple liv­ing in the shire’s com­mu­ni­ties.

Mayor Jenny O’Con­nor read a state­ment at the open­ing of Tues­day’s or­di­nary monthly coun­cil meet­ing re­it­er­at­ing the agreed po­si­tion of the coun­cil dur­ing the cur­rent na­tional mar­riage postal sur­vey.

“As a coun­cil we un­der­stand that there are dif­fer­ent views about same-sex mar­riage in the com­mu­nity and, in­deed, this is re­flected in the makeup of the cur­rent coun­cil,” Cr O’Con­nor said.

“How­ever, we are all united in our view that we must sup­port and re­spect the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and queer com­mu­nity in Indigo Shire, and mostly par­tic­u­larly our vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple.

“And so tonight we send a clear mes­sage to say that we care about you, that you are val­ued mem­bers of our com­mu­nity and we ask the wider com­mu­nity to en­sure that the cur­rent de­bate about mar­riage equal­ity be con­ducted re­spect­fully within this shire.”

Cr O’Con­nor em­pha­sised that the state­ment was be­ing made for all coun­cil­lors de­spite dif­fer­ent views among the seven on the ques­tion of mar­riage equal­ity.

“It’s been made in response to the fact that there’s been quite a lot of commentary in the lo­cal me­dia and com­ment to coun­cil­lors,” she said.

“That’s why we’ve made this state­ment tonight.”

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