Pink Mountaineers will soon be able to register their relationships with the local council.
Blue Mountains council has voted overwhelmingly to establish a relationship register for both heterosexual and same-sex couples looking to acknowledge their relationships.
Seven councillors voted in favour of the move, with only one opposing the motion to establish a system for recognising same-sex relationships.
“There is substantial interest from parts of the Blue Mountains community to establish a relationship declaration service similar to that available in the City of Sydney,” Blue Mountains Mayor Adam Searle said.
“This type of service builds on the recognition of the variety of relationships that exist in our society and the events of the last two years,” he said, referring to the raft of legislative changes in areas of superannuation, tax and benefits, to provide greater equality for gay and lesbian people.
Once factored into council budgets and organised, the register will allow same-sex couples to either simply have their relationship recorded and witnessed at council or to participate in a wider relationship declaration ceremony, at the cost of $110.
Plans for the register and associated costs will be lodged as part of council’s management plan in April/May this year.