The City of Sydney will continue to push for marriage equality by supporting one of the LGBTIQ community’s biggest advocates.
The City will extend the free lease of two properties to Australian Marriage Equality (AME) as it campaigns for legislative change on marriage equality in the Australian Parliament.
AME will continue to operate a retail space on Oxford Street until 30 June 2017, before moving to an online service.
An office space on Pitt Street will continue to act as a base for AME’s 17 volunteer staff until 31 December 2017.
“Every Australian who wants to make a life commitment to the person they love should be able to do so, and have it equally recognised and supported by the law,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“Denying the LGBTIQ community the opportunity to marry legally treats those relationships as different and lesser.
“Our long term backing for the marriage equality campaign and AME is built on strong community support for legislative reform – Sydney has one of the largest LGBTIQ populations in Australia.”
In October 2016, the City reaffirmed its support for marriage equality for all Australians, opposed the Commonwealth Government’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage and supported the work of marriage equality campaigners.
At 2017’s Mardi Gras Festival, the City showed its support for creating equality with its own ‘say YES to love’ parade entry.
Despite the lack of parliamentary support for a proposed plebiscite, AME will continue to campaign on the issue of marriage equality beyond the next federal election, including holding town hall meetings in rural and regional towns across the country and state capitals.
The City will continue to work with AME to support its ongoing campaign and address its future accommodation needs.