graham quirk Brisbane City Council Supports Marriage Equality

Brisbane City Council voted this week to support a motion by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to support marriage equality.

Graham Quirk moved the two-part marriage equality motion on Tuesday, coinciding with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Councillors engaged in close to two hours of emotionally charged debate in the council chamber.

The motion’s first part called for support of marriage “between any two consenting adults regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.”

19 councillors voted in favour, five against and one abstained.

However, councillors voted down the second part. It related to requesting that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull legislate for “marriage equality as soon as practicable.”

11 councillors voted in favour and 14 against.

Graham Quirk: views changed over time

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk acknowledged the importance of IDAHOT. He said his own views on marriage equality changed over the last 10 to 20 years.

“For me, marriage equality is about a life-long commitment.

“Marriage is drawn from love and I think everyone who does marry, marries with the intent for life.

“It doesn’t always work out that way. It’s a tough road, the game of marriage, but it is also an institution that is about absolute commitment for the long haul.

“It’s my view that every human being ought to have that opportunity.”

Opposition leader Peter Cumming also supported both parts of the motion.

“Allowing same-sex couples to be included in such a universal and important institution as marriage will provide them and their families with real social and cultural acceptance and inclusion.”

Australian Marriage Equality

Australian Marriage Equality thanked the Brisbane City Council and Cr Quirk for showing the leadership to lead and pass the motion of support.

“Brisbane has now become the first council in Queensland to pass a motion in support of marriage equality,” AME Queensland spokesman Peter Black said.

“We would like to acknowledge the positive impact this will have on LGBTI Queenslanders, their families and friends.”

A full public gallery watched the council vote. Supporters gathered outside for a group photo in front of Brisbane City Hall, illuminated in rainbow and with a rainbow flag flying to recognise IDAHOT.

The Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, and Treasury Casino were also lit in rainbows on Tuesday.

Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group convener Phil Browne congratulated the Brisbane City Council for the vote. He thanked all the organisations across the state who raised rainbow flags for IDAHOT.

“Council has sent a strong message of hope, respect and inclusion that all citizens are valuable and worthy of equal recognition.

“Today’s rainbow flags empower people who may be struggling with their identity, perhaps with little support from their family, workplace, school or society.”

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