UPDATE: Well, the vote passed, and Turnbull promises he’ll pass the law before Xmas.
The City of Sydney passed a motion yesterday that will allow same-sex couples to get married for free in a number of the city’s most prized parks and facilities, if same-sex marriage is legalised.
The offer will hold for one hundred days after the law is passed (Turnbull has stated he will aim to legislate before December 7) which will hopefully mean the city will be flooded with rainbow ceremonies this summer.
Clover Moore – Mayor and major arse-kicker – announced the plan on Facebook, saying: “It’s far from a given we’ll get a YES vote for marriage equality – so please make sure you post your yes before Friday this week.
“If the answer is a yes, we will offer free rental of halls and parks to same-sex couples who want to get married in the 100 days following amendments to the Marriage Act becoming law.
“We’re making this gesture in the spirit of celebration and welcoming same-sex couples to this institution, to which they have been denied access so long — we are simply doing what we can to rebalance the scales.
“And the day after the amendments become law – we will also work with the Sydney Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to hold a mass same-sex wedding extravaganza in Sydney Town Hall.”