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Newcastle Council's Same Sex Marriage Push

The Rainbow Flag to fly at City Hall?

Newcastle Council's Same Sex Marriage Push

Debate over same sex marriage will be high on the agenda at tonight's Newcastle City Council meeting.

It's council's first meeting since the election earlier this month.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes will ask the new-look council to reaffirm the city's support for marriage equality.

"Newcastle has long led the way in the fight for social justice, fairness and equality so I'm hopeful that the City will take a strong leadership role in the fight for marriage equality for all Australians," Councillor Nelmes said.

The Lord Mayor wants the following:

  • Write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and local Federal MPs advising them of the City of Newcastle's support for Marriage Equality;
  • Show the City's support for Marriage Equality by flying the Rainbow Flag at City Hall;
  • Deliver an advocacy and communication strategy that affirms Newcastle City Council's support for Marriage Equality and the "Yes" campaign on its website, social media accounts and by erecting banners across the City in support of Marriage Equality; and
  • Host a community event in support of a "Yes" vote.

Labor has two openly gay councillors at Newcastle City Council - Declan Clausen and Emma White.

"As an openly gay woman and a new councillor, I'm thrilled that one of my first votes as a new councillor will be to pledge my support for marriage equality," councillor White said.