First Same-Sex Marriage In Oz Will Happen Before Christmas
With same-sex marriage laws making their way successfully through parliament, Australia will soon be inundated with gay weddings.
And while the legislation was signed off on December 8, meaning that the first weddings were expected to occur from January 9 after the mandatory four-week waiting period, it seems that the first same-sex marriage could happen a lot sooner than we thought.
Meagan Stapleton and Stephanie Dybal organised to have a non-binding wedding on December 21 before laws had been passed by federal parliament, having already planned to fly relatives in from overseas to witness the ceremony.
And now, since same-sex marriage laws have been passed, the couple have been special permission to legally wed on their planned date, making them the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Australia.
"They have family flying down and had everything booked and paid for back in May when no one thought the law was going to change...so Births, Deaths and Marriages approved it", said gay right's activist and the couple's wedding celebrant, Jason Tuazon McCheyne.
"This is by no means a stunt, and they had no desire to be the first couple, it just happened that it was all booked."
Other same-sex marriage couples may also be eligible to have their wedding approved before the four-week waiting period if they meet the guidelines set out by Births, Deaths and Marriages.