Council backs same sex vote
Mayor cites positive benefit for wedding industry
THE Douglas Shire Council reaffirmed its support for marriage equality.
Due to the postal vote looming in September, council felt it was timely to show its support.
Council is in support of changes to the Marriage Act to provide for marriage between consenting adults irrespective of sex, gender identity or sexuality to ensure all couples have the choice to legally marry in celebration of their relationship.
“It’s time and it’s definitely overdue for legislation to support marriage equality for all Australians,” Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu 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.”
Council will forward its advice to Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch.
Cr Michael Kerr said the support couldn’t have come at a more “prudent” time.
“This means so much more than marriage equality, it’s positive for everyday life and it also shows acceptance and inclusion for the LGBTI community,” Cr Kerr said.
“It’s also important for the LGBTI community to see councils and business throughout the country show support.
“The more cohesive a community is the more productive they are. I know marriage equality will happen one way or another, it’s the damage that will be done between now and then.”
To vote on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey you must be enrolled on the electoral roll.
Midnight today (24/8) is your last chance to enroll or update your information, visit http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/ to enroll.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will start to send out the non-compulsory survey on September 12 and voters are encouraged to return their forms by October 27.
Results of the postal vote should be released November 15.
This means so much more than marriage equality, it’s positive for everyday life
Cr Michael Kerr