Lawmaker Flies 2200 Miles To Be Among First Same-Sex Weddings
An Australian lawmaker and his partner flew 2200 miles across the continent to marry in the nation’s capital of Canberra. They wanted to be among the first same-sex couples to marry — while they still can.
Stephen Dawson, who is 38, married Dennis Liddelow, 39, (image, top) early Saturday morning in Australia (Australia is 16 hours ahead of New York.) Dawson, who was first elected earlier this year, is a member of the Australian Labor Party.
A High Court judge will rule next week if same-sex marriages in Canberra can continue. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Australia, but the Australian Capital Territory recently passed a law allowing marriage equality. Whether or not it will be allowed to stand is in dispute.
“I’m just very, very happy,” a tearful Dawson said after the ceremony, according to the AP.
“I hope that the High Court sees fit to allow these laws to stay,” he added.
“We don’t know how long we’ve got in the sense that the High Court might overrule the laws next week, so we thought: ‘let’s do it straight away and let’s have the maximum amount of time being married,’” he said.
Also married today were Alan Wright and Joel Player:
“To have it finally legalised, it’s a big step for us in our relationship, so we’re just wanting to get it done,” Player told The Age.
“We’re doing it at midnight because that’s what we want to do … but at the same time we took it in our stride to use it as a bit of marriage equality shining at the same time, and helping get the voice out there that we are no different,” he said.
“It’s a bloody giant leap forward for Australia.”
Image, top, by Martin Ollman via Twitter
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