A rainbow flag will be flown at City Hall in a sign of support for marriage equality as a result of Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes’ first mayoral minute of the new term.
Cr Nelmes will use the first Newcastle City Council meeting to reaffirm the city's support for marriage equality, building on council’s July 2015 position formally supporting issue, and commitment to building a rainbow walk acknowledging Newcastle’s diversity in Islington Park.
Council will host a community event in support the “Yes” vote as part of the successful passage of Cr Nelme’s minute, and to local MPs, the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to advise them of council’s position.
"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,” Cr Nelmes said.
Cr Emma White is one of two openly gay councillors on the Newcastle Labor team, and the new War 1 representative. She said she was proud to be part of the team that “will always fight for fairness in Newcastle”.
“I look forward to playing an active role in the City of Newcastle's advocacy for a 'Yes' vote and can't wait to see the Rainbow Flag flying proudly over City Hall and across Newcastle,” Cr White said.