Sydney councillor and marriage equality advocate Christine Forster has announced she and fiancée Virginia Edwards are planning a summer wedding.

Following the positive outcome of the marriage equality postal survey, Forster and Edwards revealed they plan to marry in February, SBS News has reported.

“We’ve booked a date, we’ve booked our venue, we’ve got our rings, we’ve got our beautiful designer and we’re doing it on the second of Feb,” said Edwards.

The couple have been engaged for four years.

Speaking to Star Observer at yesterday’s marriage survey result announcement in Sydney, Forster said marriage equality will make Australia a better place.

“What a great result, a resounding Yes vote from the people of Australia,” she said.

“The people were asked to have their say, and they have said loudly, proudly, yes for equal rights, for a fairer Australia, for a better country.”

She said the survey outcome was significant not just to her family but to the next generation.

“This is an amazing moment for Virginia and me, an amazing moment for the kids of my children’s generation, who can now look at each other and know that they have the same rights and opportunities as everybody else,” said Forster.

“It’s just a fantastic feeling.”

Forster’s brother and No campaigner Tony Abbott yesterday changed his tone on marriage equality, congratulating the Yes campaign on their win and vowing his intention to legislate the reform as soon as possible.

Liberal senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill has now gone to parliament, with debate starting today, the Herald Sun has reported.

With just nine sitting days remaining to pass the bill this year, parliament has been warned that attempts to delay or hijack the bill will not be tolerated.

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