It’s been a year since Australia voted to allow for same-sex marriage, to the delight of the LGBT community and any wedding caterer in Sydney who realized that they have more clients. To celebrate, one of the city’s many parks is set to be renamed Equality Green.
Prince Alfred Park, on Chalmers St., Surry Hills was the site of the gathering, where more than 30,000 Aussies headed to hear the results of the Australia’s Marriage Law Postal Survey, back on November 15, 2017.
Sydney Mayor Clover Moore recently passed a motion during a city council meeting on October 29, which will see the south-western lawn of the Prince Alfred Park being renamed as ‘Equality Green’.
More than half of Aussies, at 61.6%, that participated in the postal survey gave their support to same-sex marriage. The postal survey’s votes were counted, and a month later, on December 7, 2017, the Australian parliament passed equal marriage in the country, legalizing it.
Sydneysiders were the biggest supporters of the vote, with 84% of the voters from Sydney voting for equal marriage, making the city’s votes the highest “Yes” vote of the AU’s electorates.
To the joy of the LGBT community, Sydneysiders, and the wedding industry, like any wedding caterer in Sydney, Australia put its equal marriage law into effect on December 9, 2017. This law also recognized homosexual marriages of Australian citizens performed overseas, marking them as legal and binding.
Australia then saw its first gay wedding following the law 6 days later, on December 15, 2017.
Moore and her office posted a video about the proposal to rename the park on her Facebook page on October 29, 2018; Monday, with her saying that it was over a year in the past that thousands of Aussies were at the Prince Alfred Park, all of them excited and anxious, until the results came.
She says that renaming the park as Equality Green would forever commemorate the historic moment where 60% of Aussies voted in support of marriage equality.
The proposal was suggested by a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly seat of Sydney, Alex Greenwich, who says that people came to that park knowing they had the support of their fellow Sydneysiders, but left it knowing they had the support of fellow Aussies.
He says that the campaign for equal marriage was tough, something that the LGBTI community should not have been put through, but, it ended with Sydney doing what leaders in Canberra could not, saying ‘Yes’, becoming a fairer and more equal city, and country, as a result.