Shoalhaven City Council has joined a growing number of local councils to show their support for marriage equality.
A motion for council to publicly support marriage equality was carried at a council meeting on Tuesday night.
“What marriage equality groups are saying, and rightly so, is for years in a number of ways they have been discriminated against,” Cr Proudfoot said.
“Some of those have been tidied up in the eyes of the law, what we can do here is come up with a political point of view from our council that supports marriage equality.
“What hasn’t been tidied up is the right to choose.”
Cr Proudfoot said it was time to right those wrongs.
“I know it can only be amended under federal legislation, but two loving people who want to go and get married should have the right to choose,” he said.
“What this does it give people the opportunity to express themselves and to be recognised as a regular person, that’s what we’re talking about, regular people, beautiful people who want the right to marry their partner.
“I couldn’t think of anything better than that.”
Australian Marriage Equality Gilmore Group spokesperson Dawn Hawkins said it was an extremely emotional moment.
“I’m ever so grateful for the respect that was shown, for me it shows that it’s not a political issue it’s a personal issue,” she said.
“It means the council is listening to their people and it means we can strengthen our support to talk to our MP and it encourages our community to know it’s okay to be who we are.”
Ms Hawkins is extremely against the idea of a plebiscite.
“I feel it’s very unsafe for our community, unnecessary, expensive and I truly don’t see any good coming from it,” she said.
Ms Hawkins said it was important the community kept the debate alive.
“Keep on talking to each other and keep the issue visible,” she said.
“Remain positive, keep sharing stories, supporting each other and loving each other.”
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