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Marriage Equality Motion To Be Put To Gosford City Council
Councillors Gabby Bowles and Hillary Morris are putting a joint motion before Council in support of Marriage Equality on Tuesday July 14, meeting at Council Chambers at 6:45 pm, come dressed in rainbow to show support.
The failure of the law to allow same-sex couples to marry sends out the message that it is okay to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender and that same-sex partners are not capable of the level of love and commitment associated with marriage.
It’s a joint motion because Councillor Morris and Bowles both felt it important; while not something council can change in its own right, they hope that a resolution of support from council will help amplify the community’s will to those at a federal level who can make the necessary legislation changes.
Australian Marriage Equality
According to Australian Marriage Equality, three out of every four Australians believe it is inevitable that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry and reports are showing that percentages are increasing all the time.
Many local residents believe that their voices and opinions are going unheard and Councillors Morris and Bowles think its time for Marriage Equality.
Local Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks has declared her vote as undecided and an effect of this has been the result of the Facebook Community Page ‘The Electorate of Robertson Wants Marriage Equality’, so that the opinions of local residents can be heard.
“Given the impending decision on marriage equality by the Federal Government, I feel it incredibly important that Council, the level of government closest to the community, represent the voice of our community, the majority of whom support marriage equality”, said Mrs Bowles.
Local Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks has declared her vote as undecided…
“Over 72% of Australian’s support marriage equality, and while other nations around the globe stride ahead in recognising and celebrating marriage equality, Australia, sadly still sits on its hands. No more. It is time we value love indiscriminately and implore our Federal Government to recognise the will of the many”, she added.
Time To Step Up
Councillor Morris said “I would BE delighted if Gosford City Council gives their support to marriage equality. I firmly believe same sex couples should have the choice to legally marry in celebration of their relationship and commitment to each other.”
“By denying same-sex couples the right to marry we are being discriminatory. I believe and surveys and polls consistently show that the majority of Australian society at large feels the same way.
The time has come for our society to step up and correct this serious, social injustice. I believe that local government leaders have an opportunity to help move Australia towards a fairer and inclusive society which is why Councillor Bowles and I are bringing this matter to council’s attention.”
Please visit ‘Marriage Equality Motion’ on Facebook to keep up the event, let the voices of the Central Coast residents be heard.
For more information please contact:
Dosh Public Relations
Please note, Josh Lucas will be out of the county from Wednesday July 8- Monday July 13 so please contact Gabby Bowles instead on 0411175211.
From The Editor
“With 72% in favour, why are Australia politicians supposedly elected to represent the will of the people still choosing not to listen?”