The City of Sydney has declared its support for marriage equality and called on the Federal Parliament to amend the Marriage Act to legalise same-sex marriage.

The resolution, introduced by Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, also included a declaration of support for the upcoming marriage equality rally outside the ALP National Conference on December 3.

The motion was passed unanimously by councillors from across the political spectrum.

The resolution read, “It is resolved that Council: A) call upon the Australian Parliament to amend the Marriage Act to enable same sex couples to marry and to ensure that same sex marriages solemnised overseas are recognised in Australia;”

“(B) call upon all political parties and individual Members of Parliament to support these amendments;”

“(C) support the Rally for Marriage Equality planned for Saturday 3 December by: promoting the Rally through the City’s media outlets and online presence; flying the Rainbow Flag from the Town Hall, and Rainbow banners where practicable on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December; and requesting staff to continue their good work in liaising with the Rally organisers to ensure a safe, peaceful and successful rally.”

Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich welcomed the City’s support.

“Not only does this accurately reflect the huge support for same-sex marriage in Sydney, it also has sends a powerful message of hope to the majority of Australians who want to see marriage equality happen,” Greenwich said.

“We call on other local government areas to follow Sydney’s lead and endorse full equality for same-sex couples.”

Moore said that loving gay and lesbian couples were still being denied the certainty and formal public recognition of their relationships that only marriage can provide.

“A claim bandied about is that denying same sex couples the right to marry is essential to protect marriage,” Moore said, “That is like the illogical claim last century that women had to be denied the vote to protect democracy.”

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