The moment gay and lesbians in Australia have been waiting for came at the stroke of midnight early this morning, as couples began to marry. Ceremonies began to take place across the country after Australians demanded gay marriage in a postal vote and their legislature finally listened and voted it into law.
Of those who married, athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan married in Tweed Heads and said of the experience. “It’s another way to show your love and appreciation of your partner in front of the people in your life,” said Burns, who will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast in April.
Those who tied the knot last night had to put in their request to marry over a month ago, but this requirement was waived for some. Those whose partners had terminal illnesses and for those whose families booked overseas flights were allowed to marry.