Western Australia’s LGBTI community has welcomed the endorsement of marriage equality from two more of the state’s local councils.
On Wednesday night, both the City of Fremantle and City of Bayswater passed motions to officially support marriage equality and call on the Federal Government to enact the change with a respectful debate and free vote.
Lobby group Just.Equal’s Western Australian spokesperson Brian Greig said a total of four local councils in the state had now passed such motions, with a total of 46 nationally.
Mr Greig said that the WA Local Government Act makes it clear that the role of councillors was to “represent the interests of residents and provide leadership and guidance to the community.”
“Local council is the closest level of government to the people and it has a duty to speak up when our Federal Government fails us,” he said.
“The lack of leadership on this issue from Canberra means that grassroots campaigns and local communities must lead the charge for this long overdue reform.”
Mr Greig said that repeated polling over the last decade had shown majority support for the reform, and ordinary voters were tired of the issue going unresolved.
The other two WA councils to pass motions were the City of Vincent and Town of Port Hedland.
One section of Darwin’s motion called for the council to put a similar motion forward at the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly, and it too passed in June.