Australia’s first same-sex marriages held ahead of court ruling


Australia’s first gay marriages were celebrated Saturday in the national capital Canberra, despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the unions later this week.

As soon as the clocked ticked past midnight, several couples tied the knot — including Stephen Dawson, a Labor Party member of the Western Australian parliament, who married Dennis Liddelow on the lawns of the Federal Parliament.

“This is about us professing our love for each other… and at least for the moment our relationship will be legally recognized as a marriage,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Another couple to marry at one minute past midnight, Alan Wright and Joel Player chose Canberra’s National Carillon landmark on Lake Burley Griffin for their night marriage, saying they hoped it got the message out “that we are no different”.

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