Sydney City Councillors this week voted to rename part of a park city park ‘Equality Green’.
The mayor wants to commemorate Australia’s LGBTI community’s landmark win in a marriage equality survey in 2017.’
More than 30,000 supporters of equal marriage gathered at the park on 15 November 2017 to hear the results of the controversial postal survey.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced on Monday that councilors had voted 9 to 0 in favor of the name change.
We all gathered here to listen to the results of the postal survey on marriage equality in 2017.
Now, after a unanimous vote of Council, this section of Prince Alfred Park will be known as Equality Green, so we never forget the years of tough campaigning that lead to equality. pic.twitter.com/qLcFI1e3J3
— Clover Moore (@CloverMoore) June 24, 2019
Moore announced her intention to ask the Council to name the south-western lawn of Prince Alfred Park ‘Equality Green’ in commemoration of the LGBTI victory in October last year.
‘Love had won a landslide victory’ she said.
Member of Parliament and prominent ‘yes’ campaigner Alex Greenwich, welcomed the news.
He thanked Sydney councilors for their support.
The proposal will now go to the Geographical Names Board for approval.
Controversial postal survey
Australia’s controversial equal marriage postal survey took place in Autumn 2017.
After a period of ugly campaigning, Almost 80% of eligible voters – about 12.6 million people – submitted their opinion in the non-compulsory, non-binding postal survey.
More than 61% of people voted in favor of changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. Parliament then legislated to allow same-sex marriages in December.
Green previously told Gay Star News Australia’s journey to marriage to marriage equality was ‘not easy’.
‘Yet with every set back the movement empowered supporters to take on the next challenge’ he said.
‘We never took no for an answer and we eventually got to YES.’