- Uniting Church in Adelaide ordered to remove rainbow ‘Yes’ banner off steeple
- Unley Council had received one complaint about the Church of the Trinity sign
- Reverend Sue Wickham told her congregation they needed approval for banner
A church has been ordered to remove a banner in favour of gay marriage after receiving just one complaint.
The Church of the Trinity in Adelaide had a large, vertical rainbow banner featuring the word ‘Yes’ hung out the front of its heritage-listed stone building.
Reverend Sue Wickham is upset her Uniting Church at Clarence Park was ordered to remove it after just one complaint was made to the local council, ever though it had been there since September.
The Church of Trinity at Clarence Park in Adelaide was ordered to receive this ‘Yes’ banner
Uniting Church reverend Sue Wickham is upset at being ordered to removed a ‘Yes’ banner
‘This morning I received a call from Unley Council. Someone has lodged a complaint about our banner and now we have to take it down and apply for council approval,’ she told her Facebook followers with a frown emoji on Tuesday.
The vicar, who is an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage, said the church would be unlikely to be granted council approval to attach a banner to the steeple.
‘The building is locally heritage listed so we’re unlikely to get approval for a fixed structure,’ she said.
Ms Wickham asked her congregation for other ideas on displaying support for gay marriage, a day before the Australian Bureau of Statistics was to release the results of the voluntary postal vote survey on the issue.
The Church of the Trinity at Clarence Park in Adelaide received one complaint about this sign
‘Anyone have any brilliant ideas about what we could do?,’ she asked.
‘Of course, it’s going to cost us to take it down.’
The vicar pointed out a previous banner about asylum seekers was allowed to stand because it wasn’t attached to a fixed frame.
Opinion polls are suggested a strong majority ‘Yes’ vote for gay marriage.
The results are due for release at 10am, Sydney and Melbourne time, on Wednesday, which will include the tally for individual federal electorates in the $122 million vote.