Athletes Tie the Knot Just Minutes After Same-sex Marriage Becomes Legal in Australia

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Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia on Tuesday, after the country’s last legal impediment to equal marriage expired.

Marriage equality became law on 9 December with overwhelming support in Parliament, but Australia’s requirement that all couples give a month’s notice for weddings made Tuesday the first possible date for same-sex marriages.

Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan married at a midnight ceremony near the east coast city of Tweed Heads.

“It’s another way to show your love and appreciation of your partner in front of the people in your life,” said Mr Burns, the 29-year-old sprinter who will compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast in April.

The two men have postponed their honeymoon until after April, since both are training for the Commonwealth Games, which take place this year in Australia. It would be cool if they both qualify and can attend as a married couple.

It being historic, the wedding attracted a lot of media (it was shown in the U.S. on BBC News) and resulted in some great images.

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