Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has passed a motion calling for their federal counterparts to support marriage equality.

ALGA is an organisation that represents 560 local councils across the country, and the vote was held after vigorous debate at their 2016 National General Assembly in Canberra this week.

The motion, introduced by Darwin’s Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim and Geelong councillor Jan Farrell, read: “That this National General Assembly call on the Federal Government to treat with dignity and respect all members of the community regardless of gender or sexuality by supporting changes to the Marriage Act to achieve marriage equality for same sex couples.”

In March, Darwin City Council passed a motion to support marriage equality, and one section of that motion called for the council to put a motion forward to the ALGA National General Assembly asking for their support on the issue too.

Australian Marriage Equality’s Dr Shirleene Robinson said it was great to see local government leaders working together to deliver the positive and affirming message.

“From the Mayor of Darwin to rural Councillors across Australia, the National Assembly sent a clear message that marriage equality is about people, and not politics,” she said.

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