“Copper Coast councillors deserve congratulations for responding to huge community concern by voting this week to overturn their earlier decision to fly the rainbow flag,” FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Like members of the Tea Tree Gully Council, who voted 10:2 on 14 July to reject the flag, Copper Coast councillors have realised that the issue has divided rather than united the people of Yorke Peninsula. The rainbow flag symbolises a political campaign to change the time-honoured complementary meaning of marriage – a campaign opposed by many ratepayers.”
Ros Phillips said that a social inclusion policy, now being considered by Copper Coast councillors, should include all sections of the community rather than singling out the LGBTI or any other minority group.
“The most socially excluded people today are not ‘gay’ – they are those who are discriminated against because of their body shape, IQ, ethnicity, religion or poverty,” Ros Phillips said. “They suffer discrimination in employment and hurtful taunts, to the point where some attempt or commit suicide. But where is their flag?
“There is one flag that represents and unites all Australians, and that is the Australian flag. Local councils should fly it with pride,” Ros Phillips said.
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