Banyule Council at its Council meeting on Monday 17th August 2015 supported marriage equality, irrespective of sex or gender identity, and is calling for a conscience vote on marriage equality in Federal Parliament.
The notice of motion moved by Cr. Jenny Mulholland and seconded by the Mayor Cr. Langdon was supported by all councillors and makes Banyule Council the 35th Australian Council to support marriage equality.
The chair of the LGTBI advisory committee, Cr. Jenny Mulholland said Council would now write to all Federal Members of Parliament and the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission advising them of Council’s support for marriage equality.
“We will also be writing to the Parliamentary Secretaries of all political parties with representation in the Federal Parliament encouraging them to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality,” Cr Mulholland said.
“A person’s gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law and I’m delighted that Banyule Council has taken this important step in adding its voice to the momentum that is building for this important reform.”
On 11 August Council’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transphobia Intersex (LGBTI) Advisory Committee unanimously recommended that Council pass last night’s motion to support marriage equality.
Cr Mulholland said Banyule Council supported and advocated inclusion, adopting the Banyule LGBTI Plan in December last year.
“This year, Council marched for the first time in February’s Pride March in St Kilda and once again celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in May, with the raising of the rainbow flag, a morning tea and a cocktail party,” she said.
I was pleased to receive great feedback recently on this issue by a local resident:
We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Banyule City Council,
and to each councillor, for their support for marriage equality and a
conscience vote on the matter in parliament.
We are proud to live in a municipality which has an inclusive approach to
issues which touch people deeply. As psychotherapists we are aware of how
much can be achieved when people are able to feel part of the community they
live in. Emotional wellbeing and secure relationships are improved immensely
in an environment of acceptance.