Flying the rainbow flag for equality

The rainbow flag is now flying high at Coburg Town Hall following a move from Council last month to reaffirm its support for marriage equality.The rainbow flag is now flying high at Coburg Town Hall following a move from Council last month to reaffirm its support for marriage equality.

Council has long been a supporter and advocate for marriage equality, and joined several Victorian councils in 2014 in writing to Federal Members of Parliament and the Commonwealth Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission on the issue.

North-West Ward Councillor Dale Martin put the motion forward at last month’s Council meeting.

“A person’s gender or sexuality should not affect their ability to marry another or leave them subject to bullying, harassment or abuse,” said Cr Martin.

“It’s clear that the easiest, least costly and least harmful way of ensuring equality in marriage is through a vote in parliament and we should do everything we can to support our community in making that happen.”

Moreland Mayor Cr Helen Davidson added, “Moreland is one community, proudly diverse and it costs nothing to make such an important gesture on an issue that affects so many.

“We implore all politicians to work together to end this discrimination and unjust prejudice,” said Cr Davidson.

The rainbow flag now flies alongside the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at Coburg Town Hall.

The rainbow flag will remain until marriage equality becomes law in Australia.

 10 July 2017