Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Sydney park will be renamed to honor same-sex marriage vote

A park in Sydney is set to be renamed Equality Green to commemorate the moment Australia’s citizens voted for same-sex marriage.

More than 30,000 people gathered in Prince Alfred Park to hear the result of Australia’s Marriage Law Postal Survey on November 15 last year.

Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore passed a motion during a council meeting to rename the south-western lawn of Prince Alfred Park as “Equality Green.”

Posting a video about the proposal to rename the park, Moore said: “It’s just over a year ago that thousands of us were here. And we were very excited, and we were very anxious.” And she added: “It was wonderful when we heard the results.”

Moore said the renaming of the park as Equality Green would “record forever that very historic moment when, across Australia, over 60 percent of Australians voted for marriage equality.”

Equal marriage was passed by the Australian parliament on December 7 last year, following the voluntary postal survey on the issue. Nearly 84 percent of people living in Sydney voted for equal marriage, making it the highest “Yes” vote of any electorate in the country.

Australia’s equal marriage law was implemented on December 9. The law immediately recognised same-sex marriages previously performed overseas between Australian citizens as legal. The first gay wedding in Australia took place on December 15.

Watch Mayor Moore video about rename proposal

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