Something to celebrate: same-sex couples will marry for free in Sydney
*Infinite rainbow emojis*
Good news for same-sex couples is few and far between in the current plebiscite-dense climate of Australia. While the 'yes' vote is leaning in our favour; between 'no' campaigners skywriting 'NO' and explicit TV commercials, the debate for marriage equality in Australia has been extremely unpleasant. Overnight however, some sweet news surfaced after a motion was passed allowing same-sex couples to marry for free in Sydney
if when same sex marriage is legalised following the postal survey.
The city of Sydney will allow same-sex couples to hire community facilities, halls (including Sydney's crown jewel for weddings, Sydney Town Hall) and parks for free for 100 days to celebrate their nuptials. The grant does not cover audio visual, catering and security services, which is fine as same sex couples would not settle for anything less than fabulous when it comes to these added extras.
The joyus decision has not been received well among some local councillors and public, due to the fact that the motion overtly excludes heterosexual couples. Councillor Christine Forster, who has been a prominent yes campaigner and is in a same-sex relationship herself, voted against the notion for its failure to apply to all couples. "This has been a fight for equality before the law and it's my belief that we can't ask for equality for ourselves and then deny it to others," she said. "It's also been about making marriage inclusive not exclusive, and this motion flies in the face of that."
Councillor Linda Scott, who backed the motion, has said that this is not an act of discrimination: "The gay and lesbian community have been discriminated against for a long time. Allowing them access to free waivers is a practical way the City of Sydney can support people to be able to get married," she said.
There are still millions of young people who are yet to vote before the cut off this Friday. The ABS recommends all votes be posted by Friday October 27. Survey forms must be received at the ABS by 6pm (local time) on November 7 to be included in the count. The results of the survey will be published on November 15.
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