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Not all sun­shine in mar­riage de­bate

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Samantha Poate Samantha.Poate@north­ern­star.com.au

City Coun­cil has copped back­lash over signs of sup­port on mar­riage equal­ity.

RAIN­BOW ges­tures in sup­port of mar­riage equal­ity have re­ceived back­lash as the de­bate ramps up on so­cial me­dia.

It comes as postal votes on same sex mar­riage start ar­riv­ing in peo­ple’s let­ter­boxes.

Face­book com­ments are rolling in over a num­ber of com­mu­nity and coun­cil pages in re­tal­i­a­tion or sup­port of Lis­more City Coun­cil’s ac­tions to­wards rain­bow cam­paigns.

Most notably be­ing their de­ci­sion to raise a flag out­side coun­cil cham­bers in a show of sup­port for mar­riage equal­ity.

“Why is this rag be­ing flown, but not the ANF (Aus­tralian Na­tional Flag)? Dis­gust­ing,” Nick McRae wrote.

“The ANF is to be flown in prece­dence of all other flags at gov­ern­ment build­ings. “This is dis­gust­ing be­hav­iour from a pack of leftist bed wet­ters.”

While oth­ers went as far to slam coun­cil stat­ing they had no busi­ness cam­paign­ing for is­sues like this.

“Lis­more Coun­cil should stick to its char­ter and it does NOT in­clude cam­paign­ing for this or any other is­sue,” Bill Slade said.

Mean­while in Nim­bin, the coun­cil’s ac­tions seemed to con­tra­dict those oc­cur­ring at the cham­bers as work be­gan to re­store a rain­bow painted pedes­trian cross­ing to re­flect the Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices reg­u­la­tions.

Lentil Flower said “it’s a dif­fi­cult cross­ing to see and the guer­rilla rain­bow paint­ing truly im­proved vis­i­bil­ity and added pi­quancy to the cul­ture and aes­thet­ics of our vil­lage.”

Lis­more City Coun­cil’s Gary Mur­phy said coun­cil didn’t “want to sti­fle free­dom of ex­pres­sion” how­ever they have rules they must fol­low.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the sen­ti­ment we are see­ing in the com­mu­nity, and that the Nim­bin cross­ing is a re­flec­tion of strong com­mu­nity ex­pres­sion,” Mr Mur­phy said.

The coun­cil will soon be con­sult­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity about a rain­bow struc­ture in the Lis­more CBD fol­low­ing a res­o­lu­tion in Novem­ber 2016.

“While we are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a rain­bow struc­ture within the Lis­more CBD, we must first en­sure we have the proper approvals in place be­fore we can be­gin our com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion,” Mr Mur­phy said.

“Keep­ing peo­ple safe and ad­her­ing to Aus­tralian stan­dards has to be at the fore­front of our minds.” PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

RAIN­BOW CON­NEC­TION: Diana Roberts posted this photo on Nim­bin Hook Ups of coun­cil work­ers paint­ing over the rain­bow cross­ing.

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