Marriage equality important for local government says advocate Rodney Croome

Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome
Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome

Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome says he is glad to see some Northern councils are open to discussing the issue of same-sex marriage.

“Marriage equality is an important issue for local government because it is about social inclusion and building a stronger community,” he said.

“This is why over 50 local governments across Australia have come out in support of marriage equality including three in Tasmania.”

Mr Croome said he looked forward to working with councils and their local LGBTI communities if they were open to it.

“When other tiers of government fail to show leadership on important issues like marriage equality it's up to local government to take up the mantle,” he said.

On Thursday The Examinercontacted each mayor across Northern Tasmania to seek out their views on the marriage equality postal survey.

The Meander Valley Council had already formally debated the issue, but the mayors of the Northern Midlands, George Town and West Tamar councils were open to discussions if it was brought forward at a meeting.

VOTE CHECK: All Northern Tasmanian mayors were asked how they planned to vote in the Marriage Equality Postal Survey. All said they would vote but only three would reveal their personal stance on the issue.

VOTE CHECK: All Northern Tasmanian mayors were asked how they planned to vote in the Marriage Equality Postal Survey. All said they would vote but only three would reveal their personal stance on the issue.