Same-sex marriage remains federal government issue

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WIMMERA councils remain neutral in their stance on same-sex marriage, believing the issue is outside of local government control. 

Horsham Rural City mayor Pam Clarke said the council would not take a stance as the issue was outside of local government control.

She said council, however, supported the whole community regardless.

“It’s a federal government issue not a local government issue so, it is a matter of conscience for each person as far as we are concerned,” she said.

“There is quite a diverse opinion around council but that reflects the community so we won’t be making any stand or having a vote on it all because it’s outside of our control.”

Hindmarsh Shire mayor Debra Nelson said the council had not discussed same-sex marriage as it was not a local government issue.

She said she personally did not believe in the discrimination directed towards the lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer community. 

Buloke Shire mayor David Pollard said council made a decision in 2015 to support same-sex marriage.

He said the shire was an inclusive community of all types of people. 

Ararat Rural City mayor Paul Hooper said council had not discussed the issue of same-sex marriage.

Yarriambiack Shire mayor Graeme Massey, West Wimmera Shire mayor Bruce Meyer and Northern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll said their councils would not provide a comment in the same-sex marriage debate. 

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said same-sex marriage was a federal issue and not a state issue. 

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad was unavailable to comment on same-sex marriage.

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