Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'Debate about Equality'; Mayor Joins Call to Say Yes to SSM

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

'Debate about Equality'; Mayor Joins Call to Say Yes to SSM

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Byline: Claudia Jambor claudia.jambor@northernstar.com.au

LAWYERS, business owners and the mayor were among Lismore community members who stood united yesterday in a campaign for marriage equality.

As the nation begins to pen their vote for the same-sex marriage postal survey, marriage equality advocates gathered to promote the broader community to vote yes.

Head of Southern Cross University's School of Law and Justice, Professor William MacNeil, made an impassioned speech at the event urging all to think very carefully about how they vote.

"I think equality for all regardless of race, origin, religion, ethnic background and or sexual orientation and identities are absolutely critical in this multi-cultural time in which we live," Prof MacNeil said.

"I would urge everyone to participate in respectful debate on this issue of equality before the law to attend to their conscious and vote in accord with the over-arching values of this country which at its very centre would be equality. …

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