Atfer voting a resounding "yes" in the postal vote survey in November previous year, the history-making law allowing same-sex couples to legally marry in Australia passed one month ago, but today is the first day same-sex couples can be Wednesday.
At the stroke of midnight a new era was ushered in with same-sex couples now officially able to Wednesday in Australia.
On November 15, a nationwide postal survey vote revealed that nearly 62 percent of Australians were in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, with the results being passed by Parliament almost a month later.
Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan timed their wedding in Tweed Heads, New South Wales so their marriage would become official just minutes after midnight on Tuesday morning.
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"Not being able to do that it kind of sucks a bit - you want to be able to show your partner you love them". Happy wedding day to all the LGBTQ couples who have waited so long and fought so hard.
"It was just magical", Diana told SBS News. "To be able to come back here and redo our vows and actually make it legal and finally have equality in Australia is wonderful".
Craig's sister, Sarah Ross, paid tribute to her brother's journey.
She said the couple have been dream clients, taking just minutes to make important decisions like what suits to wear.
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"For me to be able to say Terry is my husband is so special. that it is not an embarrassment, it's just a normal part of Australian life now", Vaessen said.
Because a month's notice is required for the state to recognise a marriage, the Rieberos' wedding and several other same-sex marriages reported in the local press were among the first to be recognised under the new laws.
"We've found that some retailers are not quite ready yet for same-sex marriages - for starters, it was hard to explain to a jeweller that I was looking for an engagement ring for a man", Andrew told The Advertiser.
The couple's honeymoon is on hold until after the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, with both newlyweds training for the event, but the celebrations around the country will no doubt continue.
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