First Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies Go Ahead In Australia: G’day G’day!

The ACT has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise same-sex marriage. No hell broke loose, the sky did not fall in.

1. At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, 7 December, the Australian Capital Territory became the first Australian state or territory to legalize same-sex marriages.

2. Two gay couples in Canberra became the first same-sex people in Australia to tie the knot. Congrats Stephen Dawson and Dennis Liddelow!

Stephen Dawson (left) and Dennis Liddelow during their marriage outside Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: AAP/Alan Porritt

3. Afterwards the happy couple posed for this gorgeous picture INSIDE Parliament House!

4. At pretty much the same time, Joel Player and Alan Wright got hitched too!

5. People went crazy, even though it was past midnight.

6. Folks around Australia joined the party virtually.

8. There was great joy across the nation…

18. Despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s fears, the sky did not fall in. In fact, it looked more beautiful than ever before.

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19. Instead of hellfire, the weather looked normal.

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20. Turns out same-sex weddings are just the same as opposite-sex weddings. Who knew?

Photo: AAP/Alan Porritt

21. The ACT is hosting the first same-sex marriages in Australian history this weekend. Find out more at

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