Local Council ‘To Fly Rainbow Flag Until Marriage Equality Is Legal’

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A regional Victorian council has reportedly voted to fly a rainbow flag outside its chambers until marriage equality is achieved.

Surf Coast Shire councillors voted 4-3 on Wednesday night to support of a motion to fly the flag from May 17, recognised as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the Geelong Advertiser reported.

The successful motion will result in the flag flying outside the council offices indefinitely until the Federal Parliament passes legislation allowing marriage equality.

Councillor Rose Hodge, who put forward the motion, told the council chambers: “Lately we’ve been talking about Australian values.

“There was a conversation on the radio that you’ve got to have a meat pie at the footy or sledge at cricket… I thought ‘Where do I want to see my Australian values?’

“We did a lot of work on the council plan … and the first [value] we’ve got is community wellbeing. I think this motion really covers a section of our community in the minority that we can move forward.”

Three councillors who opposed the motion emphasised their support for marriage equality but said they didn’t think the proposal was part of core local government business, the Advertiser reported.

At least six Queensland Councils have previously flown rainbow flags to recognise IDAHOT – Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Somerset, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council.

On Wednesday, two Western Australian councils passed motions supporting marriage equality, joining more than 40 other local councils around the country who have done the same.

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