Over 60 percent of Australian voters backed marriage equality in a three-month national postal vote
Same-sex couples hurried to declare intends to tie the knot on Saturday since Australia’s new marriage equality legislation came into effect, with wedding registry offices holding special hours for the first day of legalised gay unions.
The historical bill finally legalising same-sex marriage came to effect just 24 hours following its overwhelming passage through parliament.
Couples needing to wed under the law could lodge a note to wed Saturday, but will need to wait for a calendar month before exchanging vows, meaning the first weddings are anticipated on January 9.
“I set into an enquiry yesterday didn’t expect to hear back from somebody so fast and they said ‘oh, we are open particularly now’, so we thought ‘okay, let’s go and get it done, let’s do it asap’,” explained Clare Jacobs, holding tight to her newly-official fiancee Valeria Ballantyne.
“I thought we would only come in and sign a form and it would only be a matter, but it is actually quite emotional,” added Ballantyne.
The legislation came after more than 60 percent of Australian voters endorsed marriage equality in a contentious three-month nationwide postal vote.
To mark the historical second, registry offices in certain areas of the nation highly agreed to accept new marriage applications Saturday, when typically they are just open to run weddings.
“Instead of merely doing marriages, we thought we’d open this up to people now for anybody in our area to enter and lodge a notice of union,” explained Amanda Ianna, a biography for New South Wales state, that includes Sydney. “So it is a great day to be at the office now.”
Daniel Barnett and Daniel Gray-Barnett didn’t decide until Saturday morning to make the most of the distinctive hours, however they were still the first ones to enroll.
“We only got up and came here and signed the papers and yeah, it is a great afternoon,” Daniel Barnett stated.
Gay couples that married overseas saw their marriages formally recognised from Saturday.
The final legislative act for marriage equality came Thursday when four members of the 150-seat House of Representatives voted against homosexual unions.
In frequently emotional scenes in recent weeks, several conservative historians once compared to homosexual marriage recounted the length of many months of national debate about the issue had led them to accept same-sex couples deserved the exact same right to wed as other Australians.
“It is a large Australian idiot for most same-sex partners, saying we adore and esteem you, go out there and get married,” was conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull place it on Friday.
Turnbull, a moderate who has backed same-sex unions, spent Friday encouraging his fellow Australians to begin producing wedding preparations, and boasted he’d already received several wedding invitations.
At least two Sydney councils promised free places to host marriages as a gesture of solidarity with the gay and lesbian community.
“This is an historic day in the battle for civil rights in Australia,” Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne stated.
“Council will make its centers — hallways, community centers and parks — accessible for free charges for 100 times for almost any same-sex couples wishing to get married.”