Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese will waive the hire fees for all wedding ceremonies in the city’s parklands and squares from January 1 to June 30 2018, should marriage equality be legalised.
Prominent locations include Veale Gardens, Brougham Gardens and several sites along the River Torrens. The waiver will apply to all couples, including those who have already booked the sites for that six-month period.
“The City of Adelaide is proud to be a diverse, inclusive city and we have a long and proud history of leading the way in celebrating diversity, and this is a way we can honour that,” Haese said in a press release.
“We are very much looking forward to marriage equality becoming law so that our [parklands], which are much loved and used for wedding celebrations, can be a place for all to celebrate their love and commitment to each other.”
61.6 per cent of postal survey participants across Australia support marriage equality. The “Yes” vote was higher still in the federal electorate of Adelaide.
“Adelaide recorded the state’s highest Yes vote of 70.1 per cent and I am proud that our residents are such strong supporters of equality and the right of everyone to be able to publicly declare their commitment,” says Haese.
The move follows a similar announcement by City of Sydney last month to grant free weddings to same-sex couples if marriage equality becomes law.
Feast Festival hub Raj House has followed City of Adelaide’s announcement with the news it will be available for wedding reception hires (should the legal definition of marriage change). Any profits will be directed back to the LGBTIQ+ community through programming queer events, supporting local queer artists and providing safe work and social environments.
“Raj House is dedicated to creating a cultural centre based on inclusiveness, love and creativity and we are overjoyed that we will hopefully be able to offer the space to our community for wedding receptions,” said Raj House general manager, Joel Allan.