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Lismore flies the rainbow flag in support of equality

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Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)
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The Lismore City Council has this morning raised the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality while an unauthorised rainbow crossing has appeared in Nimbin.

The council decided at its 13 June meeting to raise a flag as part of a broader resolution on marriage equality that included lobbying Federal MPs and political parties.

The raising of the flag comes as Australians wait for their postal survey on the issue.

Councillor Darlene Cook, who moved the motion, said raising the rainbow flag was an important gesture.

‘As we head into the yes/no campaign for marriage equality and the postal survey, there is no better time for our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex)
community to know that Council supports their fight for equal rights in our society,” Cr Cook said.

‘This is a clear statement that Council embraces our LGBTQI community and believes they should have the right to marry who they wish. This debate is a no-brainer. Love is love.’

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.
A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

The flag-raising resolution followed earlier attempts by Greens councillor Adam Guise to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed somewhere in the CBD.

But that motion failed as the state authorities claimed that such a crossing could be a traffic hazard.

Obviously that note was not passed on to the residents of Nimbin.

Sometime this week, someone has created a rainbow crossing in the main street of Nimbin, which proudly proclaims ‘One Love’.

 


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6 COMMENTS

  1. Yes! The ‘rainbow’ flag. Couldn’t agree more. Same goes to ‘one love’.
    There’s far too much hate & confusion we’ve allowed into the world.

  2. Where is the equality for the children who will be deliberately denied a (biological) parent if this “equality”for adults gets through?

    • Children do not need biological parents Shane. Children raised in adoptive parents do not have a biological parent – their parents is the adoptive parent in common speech and in law. There is no evidence to show that causes any issues as long as the adoption takes place before close bonding occurs i with whomever nurtures them; that binding happens in the second semester of their life. It is also important when they are old enough to understand, why they were adopted or if they were artificially conceived, how and why that happened. The other important thing is that other kids and adults do not harass them about their background.

  3. Point taken, Shane. However, we do have IVF & there are many parents who
    are not biological parents. And Catherine – unlike the Federal Government –
    to have genuine humanity within a Local Council is, I feel, commendable.

  4. I’m 46 and was deliberately denied a biological parent. I still don’t have a birth certificate. I was born out of wedlock from 2 elite families at Royal Randwick Sydney. I have no-one…homeless…I rather a gay person full of love raise me than a cop family that only adopted me to make up the numbers and something to torture..It doesn’t matter as long as there is love and the light. The church has brained washed us about marriage so we couldn’t think for a minute their poofter and pedos and abusing your children…time to wake up….wakey wakey

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