“Melburnians should feel proud the city council is sending a unanimous message to Canberra that it’s time to act on this important and urgent reform”, Mr Peppard said.
“The City of Melbourne has joined a growing list of local governments, private companies and community organisations that have put their weight behind marriage equality.”
“Promoting social inclusion is a core role of local government and marriage equality is key to inclusion for same-sex couples.”
The Melbourne City Council motion, initiated by Cr Rohan Leppert and unanimously passed this evening, commits the Liberal Party Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, to write to the Prime Minister requesting action on marriage equality as quickly as possible.
“Robert Doyle’s letter will remind Malcolm Turnbull that calls for urgent action on marriage equality are coming from across the political spectrum, including from within his own party”, Mr Peppard added.
The Melbourne City Council motion, and a list of other local governments that have supported marriage equality, are below.
The Melbourne City Council Motion
1. Supports the legalisation of marriage between consenting adults regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity; and
2. Calls on the Federal Government to legislate for marriage equality as soon as practicable, and requests the Lord Mayor to write to the Prime Minister to that effect.