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First same-sex marriages take place in Australia

First same-sex marriages take place in Australia

Two lesbian couple have become the first in Australia to legally tie the knot today, after being granted special consideration by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry.

Lauren Price and Amy Laker, said "I do" in a romantic garden ceremony in the Sydney suburb of Camden on Saturday, exactly one week after changes to the marriage act were made to allow same-sex couples to Wednesday.

Both couples received special permission to marry without giving a month's notice to Births, Deaths and Marriages because their families had travelled to be at what were originally meant to be civil ceremonies.

They asked for an exemption from the notice period due to the fact Lauren's Welsh family had already booked tickets for the ceremony.

They're Australia's first official wife and wife. "Congratulations Amy and Lauren".

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

Jazz's Gobert Out A Month With Sprained PCL
On Saturday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported Gobert was diagnosed with a sprained PCL in his left knee. Gobert missed 11 games this season after he suffered a bone bruise in his right knee in early November.

Their surprise wedding at Carlton Gardens came about because the couple had a commitment ceremony planned for this weekend. After the Australian Parliament voted in favor of marriage equality last week, the couple appealed to their local marriage registrar to be allowed to marry on that day, as they had relatives coming in from Wales and it would be an undue financial burden to reschedule.

Elise McDonald's parents had flown from Asia for the ceremony, while other siblings had made the long journey from the United Arab Emirates.

There was supposed to be a 30-day waiting period after couples registered to marry, with the first weddings expected on January 9.

Cas Willow, 53, and Heather Richards, 56, have been together for 17 years, but are in a race against time to marry because Ms Willow has breast cancer which has spread to her brain, leaving her with just weeks to live.

"I don't even know if I'll make it to Christmas, let alone January 9, so they allowed us to get married early", Willow told AAP.

The couple met three years ago at a pub in Sydney's CBD and have been engaged for two years, after Price proposed atop the Eiffel Tower, said news reports.


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