Ivan Hinton (R) and Chris Teoh (L), with marriage celebrant Roger Munson (top-C), are married at Canberra's Old Parliament House on December 7, 2013.
Ivan Hinton (R) and Chris Teoh (L), with marriage celebrant Roger Munson (top-C), are married at Canberra's Old Parliament House on December 7, 2013. AAP/AFP Andrew Taylor

Same-sex marriage a reality in Australia thanks to ACT

THE first same-sex weddings in Australia have taken place in the ACT today, as couples rush to get married ahead of a High Court decision.

Forty-six couples have registered in order to be able to wed this weekend ahead of a decision on Thursday on whether the ACT's same-sex marriage law is valid.

Western Australian Upper House MP Stephen Dawson was the first to tie the knot with a midnight ceremony on the lawns of Federal Parliament.

He says he has wanted to call his partner Dennis Liddelow his husband for a long time.

"I'm pleased that I've been able to say it tonight and I hope to be able to say it next weekend. I hope that the High Court sees fit to allow these laws to stay.

Read more at ABC News online


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