Wedding bells ring for same-sex couples in Australia

Brides seal deal with a kiss in Australia's first legal same-sex wedding

First same-sex marriages take place in Australia

The first same-sex weddings have taken place in Australia today after the country's same-sex marriage law came into effect.

Because of the one-month waiting period, most gay couples who plan to marry in Australia will have to wait until at least January 9.

The lesbian couple from Sydney, Lauren Price and Amy Laker, wore white as they said "I do" at their wedding in Macarthur Park in Camden.

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Writing on Facebook, Equal Marriage Rights Australia said: "Australia's first legal same-sex marriage has just taken place".

But some sought an exemption due to their circumstances, and the first ceremonies went ahead on Saturday, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. "Pretty simple, but nonetheless special in my view!"

It shows a heartening willingness on behalf of the government agency to get the ball rolling on making marriage equality a reality for everyone who wants to share that commitment with their partner.

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Jason Chapman added: "Relentless dedication from so many over the last fifty years have led us to enjoy this handsome moment of equality".

They had already planned to marry at the British Consulate under United Kingdom law, but after the postal survey result they made a decision to marry under Australian law.

But a pair of female couples, one from Sydney and one from Melbourne, sought exemptions that allowed them to Wednesday early, according to The Telegraph.

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Amy and Elise McDonald likewise were given a financial exemption to marry in Melbourne's Carlton Gardens with their family flying in from overseas. The couple was allowed to Wednesday before the 30-day waiting period was up because they had planned a civil ceremony and Price's family had already booked the trip from their home in Wales, UK, according to Yahoo.

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