The sails of the Sydney Opera House will be illuminated to mark the passing of marriage equality into law in Australia.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the important milestone in the nation’s history would be celebrated on Friday night, lighting up the sails of the ionic building.
“The passing of this law by the Australian Parliament after a ‘yes’ vote in the postal survey is a powerful message that same-sex relationships are regarded as both equal and valued,” Mr Harwin said.
“I feel proud that Australia has embraced the idea that the celebration of love and the institution of marriage belongs to all of us.
“Tonight’s illumination is particularly powerful because of the strong public support for same-sex marriage shown by many of the resident companies based at the Sydney Opera House.”
Resident companies that publicly stated their support for marriage equality included Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and The Australian Ballet.
The sails on the western side will be illuminated in pink and the Bennelong sail will have a shimmering rainbow, with the Podium named as the best vantage spot for pictures of the rainbow-illuminated sail.
Punters are also urged to share their snaps across social media using the hashtags #marriageequality and #soh.