After a month-long registration period for same-sex marriage in Australia. Commonwealth Games sprinter and his athlete fiance were among the first to wed as same-sex-marriage became legal in Australia. After a month-long registration period, Australia now joins more than 20 other nations allowing same-sex weddings.
Introduction Of Same-Sex Marriage
Introduction of same-sex marriage laws has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through the legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote.
Australian Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage
An overwhelming majority of MP’s voted to change the Marriage Act, eight days after a similarly decisive result in the Senate.The vote set off immediate celebrations in parliament, prompting cheers, applause and even a song.
A Long Engagement: Weddings Waiting For Marriage Equality
The 47-year-old, who still lives in Brisbane, says although that law is now gone and the Australian state recognizes his relationship with his long-term partner, it won’t let them marry. It has been a long engagement for Australian same-sex couples as it remains unclear if they will ever have the chance to legally wed.
The Moment Australians Said Yes
Australia has voted decisively in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The result was greeted with celebrations in Sydney – and a proposal. Turn to next page for the exciting story on the same-sex marriage.
Month-Long Waiting Period
The law change came into effect on 8 December, but couples had a 30-day waiting period after registering to marry, and the first marriages had been expected on 9 January.
Called The Postal Vote In The Face Of Opposition
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had called the postal vote in the face of opposition from hardliners who refused to back a national plebiscite on the issue.Turn to next page to know more about the stunning marriage.
Same-Sex Couples Tied The Knot On The First Official Day
Same-sex couples in Australia have tied the knot on the first official day of ceremonies following the passage of a historic law. Australian athletes Luke Sullivan, 23, and Craig Burns, 29, exchanged vows and a kiss just after midnight in a small ceremony in New South Wales.
A Ceremony At The British Consulate
The couple had planned a ceremony at the British consulate but applied to have the Australian marriage ceremony instead once the law changed as family members were travelling from the UK. Mr Burns’s sister, Sarah Ross said: “A few months ago we didn’t know if he’d be able to get legally married in Australia, so the fact that today he gets to have a husband is pretty incredible. Congratulations to the new couple for their new beginning.