Coun­cil backs same sex vote

Mayor cites pos­i­tive ben­e­fit for wed­ding in­dus­try

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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

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