Western Sydney's Hawkesbury Council tonight voted to support Marriage Equality.
It seemed that it might not get up seeing as The Mayor who previously had voted against writing to the Prime Minister in support of marriage equality and against flying the rainbow flag for Mardi Gras (stating he was a staunch Catholic and therefore against it) but he changed his mind and put up a Mayoral Minute asking Council to support marriage equality at tonight's meeting.
Greens Clr Leigh Williams amended the Mayoral minute and the following motion passed.
● Council supports marriage equality
● Council opposes the imposition and cost of $162 million non-binding plebiscite to achieve marriage equality and would prefer an immediate parliamentary vote on the matter. Should the government proceed with a plebiscite, Council resolves to support the Yes campaign.
● Council seeks to engage with the local LBGTIQ community with the aim of working with them to campaign for marriage equality.
The vote went down as follows:
Leigh Williams - Greens
Barry Calvet - Labor
Tiffany Tree - Liberal
Paul Rasmussen - independent
Christine Paine - independent
Mary Lyons-Buckett - independent
Mike Creed - Liberal
Kim Ford - Liberal (Mayor)
Jill Reardon - Liberal
Warwick McKay - independent (Deputy Mayor)
Patrick Connolly - Liberal
Bob Porter - independent
Congratulations to the people of Hawkesbury. Many New South Wales councils (that were not force amalgamated by Mike Baird) will go to a vote on Saturday September 10. Local councils do have a huge impact on resources and social policy for LGBTQI communities - so make sure your vote counts.