Same-sex couples set to officially Wednesday

Marsha Scott
January 10, 2018

Marriage equality became law on December 9 with overwhelming support in Parliament, but Australia's requirement that all couples give a month's notice for weddings made Tuesday the first possible date for gay marriages.

State offices were not aware of the number of same-sex marriages taking place on Tuesday, because private celebrants are only required to inform the government after the wedding is held.

If you find NCRM valuable, would you please consider making a donation to support our independent journalism? With this, Australia became the 26th nation to have legalized same-sex marriages. The measure was widely lauded as a victory for worldwide LGBTI+ groups - a term that refers collectively to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex or other sexual minorities.

That notice period was waived for some couples who married in recent weeks.

Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns (L) and fiance Luke Sullivan (R) pose for a photograph with Rob (C) and Robyn Burns (2L) ahead of their marriage ceremony at Summergrove Estate, New South Wales on 8 January 2018.

In Sydney, local bakeries prepared commemorative cakes for the Sydney Festival's event in Hyde Park.

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Also wanting to be part of history, Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, planning to be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a morning ceremony in Newcastle.

Their wedding cake was topped with a symbol of their love.

Calling it to be a "wedding planned for 30 years", Houwelingen told the News Hub, "I suppose it's been a wedding planned for 30 years, but we've had really a month to get things together".

"It's been quite hectic trying to organise that in such a short amount of time".

Most countries that have opted for marriage equality are in Europe and the Americas. But the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages confirmed it would marry a female couple at its Parramatta office on Tuesday.

Same-sex couples were quick to lodge their intentions to marry.

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