Two Victorian councils last night joined the growing list of Australian local governments calling on the federal government to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Maribyrnong Council unanimously passed a motion proposed by Cr Sarah Carter while Greater Shepparton Council passed a motion proposed by Cr Fern Summer that was supported four votes to two.

Cr Carter said,

“I’m delighted that Maribyrnong is now on the record as supporting our rainbow communities.”

“Local government has crucial role to play in communicating the wishes of the community.”

“I call on my fellow councillors in other municipalities to support marriage equality so we can send the strongest message possible to Canberra.”

“The Rainbow Flag is flying proudly over Town Hall today.”

Long-time Shepparton lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community advocate, Damien Stevens, welcomed Shepparton Council’s support and praised Cr Summer for her initiative.

“After a similar motion failed earlier this year, Shepparton Council was contacted by many supportive individuals, organisations and services, which has clearly had a positive impact.”

“I applaud Cr Fern Summer for standing up for what the community is asking for and I’m proud Shepparton has taken its place alongside the other Australian councils leading the way on marriage equality.”

In April, Greater Shepparton Council voted down a marriage equality motion. The mayor, Dennis Patterson, voted against the motion then, but was persuaded to vote for it this time.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said almost fifty local councils have now endorsed marriage equality and written to the federal government urging it to act.

For more information contact Cr Sarah Carter on 0432 139 612, Cr Fern Summer on 0427 805 654, Damien Stevens on 0418 511 562 or Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.

Author: Rodney Croome
Publication: AME Media Release
Date: 22 July 2015