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First gay weddings take place in Australia

First gay weddings take place in Australia

2018-01-09, Reuters

Same-sex couples in Australia have tied the knot on the first official day of ceremonies following the passage of a historic law.

Although some couples wed last month after obtaining special exemptions, most could not marry until Tuesday.

Australian athletes Luke Sullivan, 23, and Craig Burns, 29, exchanged vows and a kiss just after midnight in a small ceremony in New South Wales.

The beaming pair celebrated with fireworks.

The athlete married his partner, a sprinter who competed in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in front of about 50 family and friends.

"Equality where we can get married is a huge step forward for Australia," Mr Sullivan said.

The Australian parliament made same-sex marriage legal last month, following a national survey that showed support from 61% of voters.

Australia now joins more than 20 other nations in allowing same-sex weddings.

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