Kingston Council expresses support for marriage equality
26 September 2017
Kingston Council has made a public declaration supporting marriage equality, joining the Victorian Local Governance Association and more than 40 other local governments across Australia.
Other Melbourne local Councils who have pledged support include Monash, Whittlesea, Banyule, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Darebin, City of Melbourne, Hobsons Bay, Glen Eira, Yarra, Maribynong and Moreland.
Kingston Councillor Tamara Barth said she moved the motion to express support and solidarity with members of the Kingston community, and Kingston staff, who identify as LGBTIQ – particularly while the voluntary postal survey on the marriage act is being undertaken.
Council will now write to all local Federal Members of Parliament to inform them of Kingston Council’s support of marriage equality and to articulate disappointment in their decision to spend $122 million on the voluntary postal vote.
Council will also write to the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission advising them of council’s support.
“We’ll also be flying a rainbow flag at Kingston City Hall until marriage equality is achieved,” Cr Barth said. “One of our key roles as local leaders is to speak up on behalf of our local community and I am proud to show my support to see all people in our community treated equally.”
Kingston Mayor David Eden said he believed the issue should be dealt with by the Federal Parliament and wanted to offer support to the many local people, and their family and friends, who were calling for an equal right to marry.