Free wedding venues for Sydney gay couples

Hours after the federal parliament passed historic marriage equality laws, a Sydney council has promised free venues to host same-sex weddings.

Inner West Council is officially accepting bookings for same-sex marriages in its town halls, community centres and parks at no charge over a 100-day period.

"This is an historic day in the struggle for civil rights in Australia," Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne said on Thursday.

The offer, which will start from January 7, is a gesture of solidarity and recognition for the country's LGBTIQ community, Mr Byrne said.

"We are proud that the Inner West delivered the highest turn out in the postal survey of any area in NSW ... now we are aiming to become the same-sex marriage capital of Sydney."

It follows City of Sydney's motion in October to offer free venues for same-sex weddings should the legislation pass federal parliament.

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