Council’s CEO Rebecca McKenzie and I recently met with local Labor, Liberal and Greens candidates from the Divisions of Higgins, Hotham, Goldstein and Macnamara to discuss Glen Eira’s future priorities in the lead up to the Federal Election on Saturday 18 May.
Glen Eira City Council has resolved unanimously to support the Yes campaign for marriage equality.
In a number of impassioned and emotional contributions to the debate, Councillors voted to send a clear message to the Glen Eira Community by publicly declaring Council’s support of equality, dignity and respect.
Glen Eira Mayor Cr Mary Delahunty said everyone should be viewed equally under law.
"All residents should have the opportunity to marry the person they love irrespective of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity," Cr Delahunty said.
"This issue is about human rights, fairness and equality for all couples and we need to recognise this.
"Council urges our community leaders and residents to respect the rights of all people in our community, to stand up to discrimination and prejudice in all its forms and to show our support to our LGBTIQ community."
Over the next few weeks, Council will show its support for marriage equality by lighting Town Hall with rainbow colours and displaying rainbow coloured flags in its libraries and its major civic centre.