First same sex marriages in Australia

Released 07/12/2013

Today is a very significant moment in the ACT's and in the nation's history as the first legally sanctioned marriages between same sex couples take place in the Territory throughout the weekend, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said.

"It is exciting for the couples, their families and friends and it is tremendous for the Territory because it shows how our community is tolerant, diverse, and accepting," said Mr Corbell.

The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 was passed in the Legislative Assembly on 22 October 2013 and commenced on 7 November 2013 with the first weddings able to take place under the Act this weekend.

At least 47 couples have since lodged their intent to marry under the Act.

"Law reform to recognise diversity has been a long term commitment of the Government and so this is a very important moment for the Territory. The significance of couples being wedded under our same sex marriage laws cannot be underestimated," Mr Corbell said.

"Regardless of what happens next week in the High Court, the significance of this moment will remain and send a strong signal about what a contemporary 21st century Australia should look like and the acceptance, tolerance, compassion and equality that so many people want to see reflected in our laws.

"I congratulate all couples getting married this weekend along with their families and friends and wish them a happy future together." 

- Statement ends -

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