Couple Tie Knot Just After Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal
(Image: 9News // Craig Burns (left) and Luke Sullivan)
At the stroke of midnight last night, same-sex marriage officially become legal in Australia and in the company of 50 of their nearest and dearest, sprinter Craig Burns and his partner Luke sullivan, tied the knot.
The ceremony took place in NSW, inside a barn-inspired function centre in the Northern Rivers Hinterland and marked the first pair to wed as the clock ticked over to January 9.
(Image: Ja'dore Photography and Film)
Craig, who represented Australia at the world championships and Commonwealth Games as a 4x400m relay runner, told ABC news:
"It's another way to show your love and appreciation of your partner in front of the people in your life,
"Not being able to do that it kind of sucks a bit – you want to be able to show your partner you love them."
Today, January 9, is officially the first date for same-sex weddings because there was a four-week waiting period after the landmark laws were passed in Canberra in early December.
Some couples have wed already, however, after being given special permission to waive the notice period for personal reasons.
The couple met in 2015 with Craig popping the question at Byron Bay in March - before they even knew if they'd be able to legally marry.
Most businesses the pair approached as they planned their wedding offered their services for free to join in the celebration and help them pull together the event in one month.
"They're not doing it for us, because they don't know us, but to celebrate what it means for Australia and for every other same-sex couple that wants to get married," Burns had said.
Australia's new same-sex marriage laws cleared parliament on December 7.
In November, 61.6 percent of participants voted Yes in a postal survey on the issue.