Campaspe votes marriage equality

August 17, 2017

GV Pride spokesperson Damien Stevens spoke to Campaspe Shire Council before it voted to support marriage equality.

Echuca ward councillor Kristen Munro discovered at a youth forum in May that local high school students saw marriage equality and equity as a major issue.

As the nation gets ready to have its say on the contentious issue of marriage equality, Campaspe Shire Council has said ‘I do’.

Councillors voted eight to one on a motion in support of marriage equality in a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Echuca ward councillor Kristen Munro said she was urged to move the motion after discussions with young people across the area.

‘‘We attended a youth forum in May and we had kids from our local high schools, and the biggest issues for young people was marriage equality and equity in the community,’’ Cr Munro said.

She did not know the likelihood of the motion being successful before the meeting and described it as an incredible moment when it passed.

‘‘(As a heterosexual) it doesn’t affect my life personally, but we’ve got family members and close friends that identify as part of the LGBTI community,’’ she said.

The vote is a symbolic one because marriage is a federal law, but she believed it was important that the council had its say on behalf of the community.

GV Pride spokesperson Damien Stevens was one of the community members who spoke to the council before the vote.

Mr Stevens said it showed how community attitudes had changed in recent years with so many regional councils voting in support of marriage equality.

‘‘Marriage equality is something that most people are in support of now,’’ he said.

‘‘(This vote) may not be core council business but it sends a clear message to people that live in the region and to our politicians.’’

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