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.’
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’.