A show of support

The community-inspired coalition, Castlemaine says Yes to Marriage Equality, rallied in the streets in a clear and colourful sign of support for the local LGBTIQ community last week.

The community-inspired coalition, Castlemaine says Yes to Marriage Equality, rallied in the streets in a clear and colourful sign of support for the local LGBTIQ community last week.

The community-inspired coalition, Castlemaine says Yes to Marriage Equality, rallied in the streets in a clear and colourful sign of support for the local LGBTIQ community last week.

Castlemaine Community House, Castlemaine District Community Health, Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership, Taradale Primary School, Castlemaine Secondary College and members of the public formed the coalition to promote the yes vote in the marriage equality postal survey and to balance negative views expressed against the LGBTIQ community.

"We wanted to show positive support, particularly for young people, to balance the negative dialogues," CCH manager Martyn Shaddick said.

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters led the rainbow parade to the Castlemaine Post Office as supporters posted their votes.

"It's important to show support. I love and support the LGBTIQ community across the Mount Alexander Shire. Love is love," Ms Chesters said.

Gay couple Bridget Leach and Susan Flanagan also lent their support to the cause. Originally married 11 years ago in England, they pointed to Australian law which doesn't recognise their previous legal status.

Meanwhile a push by local councillor John Nieman will see a motion forwarded at tonight's monthly meeting for the Mount Alexander Shire Council to support the principle of equality in marriage, display a rainbow flag during voting and to establish a LGBTIQ round table based on its commitment to diversity and inclusion and its strategic objective for the shire to be a welcoming place for all people.

Conversely, Coalition for Marriage spokesman Lyle Shelton said it was unfair to ask Australians to write a blank cheque when it came to their kids and their freedoms.

"We have heard from thousands of parents who are concerned about their rights as radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education classes become more widespread and even compulsory," Mr Shelton said.

The Australian Marriage Law survey closes on November 7 with results published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website on November 15.

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