At the Council Meeting on 17 August 2015, Banyule Council supported marriage equality, irrespective of sex or gender identity, and called for a conscience vote on marriage equality in Federal Parliament.
The notice of motion was supported by all councillors and makes Banyule Council the 35th Australian Council to support marriage equality.
The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, 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 Langdon 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.
Banyule resident and LGBTI Advisory Committee member, Nicole Coad, said she was excited that a day may arrive where her children can live in a fair and equal community.
“Marriage equality across Australia would positively contribute to reducing discrimination and allow for a more accepting society for our younger LGBTI community members,” she said.
“I personally would like the choice of marrying the person I love as a standard human right. Love is love!”
Cr Langdon 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,” he said.
“Momentum for marriage equality is growing and it is amazing that Australia is dragging its heels when 20 other countries, including Ireland, Britain, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States have already approved the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide. The Netherlands was the first country to do this back in April 2001.”