Byron seeks support from Aussie mayors for gay marriage
BYRON Shire Council will be inviting all local government mayors in Australia to join a Mayors for Marriage Equality group and sign a Proclamation of Local Government Support for Marriage Equality which will then be sent to PM Tony Abbott.
The council wants the community to be involved in the wording of the proclamation and is seeking contributions before April 14.
The proclamation plan follows a decision last year by the council to offer a symbolic Byron Shire Certificate of Marriage when requested for same sex marriage ceremonies within the Shire.
Mayor Simon Richardson said the council wanted to show leadership and show Australia Byron Shire supports marriage equality.
"Whilst it may be symbolic, we have an opportunity to lead within Australia and it's time to take a stance," he said
"Locally when residents are being discriminated against, we need speak out and support them. There are times to take a principled stance and this is one of them."
Along with the marriage certificate, Council was also planning a 'Love Garden' whereby a tree is planted in a public space to record and celebrate a same sex marriage within Byron Shire.
Draft text for the Marriage Equality Proclamation
We, of Byron Shire Council, proclaim our support for Marriage Equality.
We believe that marriage between two consenting adults deserves to be celebrated, validated, acknowledged and legal.
We believe in absolute Marriage Equality beyond the notion that a civil union is "enough".
We believe that Marriage Equality is a human rights issue.
We believe that Marriage Equality is a human respect issue.
We believe in celebrating the diversity of our society.
We believe in inclusion.
We believe that it is time for Australia to legalise all marriages equally.
Responses to the wording can be emailed to the council by April 14: firstname.lastname@example.org