The Noosa Shire Council has voted to back a motion supporting marriage equality.
Councillors voted to support a motion calling on “the Federal Parliament to treat with dignity and respect all member of the community regardless of gender or sexuality by supporting changes to the Marriage Act to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
Local marriage equality campaigner and Sunshine Coast Pride Network organiser Robin Bristow thanked the councillors who supported the motion, that comes following two years of lobbying by the Sunshine Coast Pride Network.
“It’s not often that a council can profoundly affect the lives of its residents with just a few words,” he said.
The Equality Campaign’s Queensland Coordinator Peter Black also welcomed the council’s decision.
“Marriage equality is a simple issue of fairness and being treated equally under the law,” he said.
“Gay and lesbian Australians should be able to have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness as everyone else.
“It’s great to have the ongoing support of the Council because we must work together to ensure every Australian has the same opportunities in the land of the fair go.”
A growing number of local councils have moved motions calling for federal government action on marriage equality.
Lismore City Council in northern New South Wales last month voted to write to Federal MPs reiterating their support for marriage equality, and they committed to flying a rainbow flag or banner in Lismore until the reform is achieved.