THE rural north-west Victorian shire of Buloke has this week unanimously approved a motion that supports marriage equality and commits the council to writing to the federal government urging it to pass the reform.

The motion was passed at a council meeting on March 11, just two days after Tasmania’s Launceston City Council failed to pass a similar motion despite a majority of its councillors supporting marriage equality.

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed support for marriage equality from Buloke.

“The Buloke Council’s support for marriage equality shows the reform has strong support in rural as well as urban Australia,” Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said.

In recent months marriage equality has been supported by other regional and rural city councils such as Geelong, Ballarat, Surf Coast, Byron Bay, Albury, and Wodonga. Many councils in suburban areas of major cities have also passed motions in support of marriage equality.

The Hobart Mercury has reported that the Hobart City Council will soon consider similar motion.

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