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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.

7. Getting married in the dark is EXCITING!!!

MT “(One of) Australia's first same sex marriage(s). Dennis & Stephen tie the knot in #CBR @abcnews ” #JustMarried

— Ivan Hinton (@IvanHinton)

Ivan Hinton

@IvanHinton

MT “(One of) Australia’s first same sex marriage(s). Dennis & Stephen tie the knot in #CBR @abcnews ” #JustMarried

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8. There was great joy across the nation…

Congratulations to all the happy couples in Canberra tonight xx #justmarried #equality

— Björn (@borganstein)

Björn

@borganstein

Congratulations to all the happy couples in Canberra tonight xx #justmarried #equality

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Trying to think of a sarcastic tweet making fun of marriage equality haters, but can't. Just happy for Dennis and Stephen in Canberra :)

— Andrew Callaghan (@wombat1974)

Andrew Callaghan

@wombat1974

Trying to think of a sarcastic tweet making fun of marriage equality haters, but can’t. Just happy for Dennis and Stephen in Canberra :)

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So nice to look at the clock and know that Australia's first gays are married under ACT legislation. Happy Weddingmas, Canberra!

— eltonswayze (@eltonswayze)

eltonswayze

@eltonswayze

So nice to look at the clock and know that Australia’s first gays are married under ACT legislation. Happy Weddingmas, Canberra!

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#Canberra I love you and wish I were in you today to celebrate #marriageequality with you. So proud of my hometown #JustMarried

— Lauren Ingram (@laureningram)

Lauren Ingram

@laureningram

#Canberra I love you and wish I were in you today to celebrate #marriageequality with you. So proud of my hometown #JustMarried

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#Rainbows in #CBR! Telstra Tower flooded in colour! Our hashtag this weekend is #JustMarried #auspol

— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEQUALITY)

AU Marriage Equality

@AMEQUALITY

#Rainbows in #CBR! Telstra Tower flooded in colour! Our hashtag this weekend is #JustMarried #auspol

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"A certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all But it's a damn good place to start" #Canberra #marriageequality #CBR

— Andrew Barr (@ABarrMLA)

Andrew Barr

@ABarrMLA

“A certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all But it’s a damn good place to start” #Canberra
#marriageequality
#CBR

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The first #samesex marriage ceremonies in Australia are now underway in #Canberra. #marriageequality #cbr #ACT4equality

— Andrew Barr (@ABarrMLA)

Andrew Barr

@ABarrMLA

The first #samesex marriage ceremonies in Australia are now underway in #Canberra. #marriageequality #cbr #ACT4equality

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The ACT just became the first jurisdiction in Australia and the second in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. http://t.co/kkzX3OnrFX #auspol

— Tim Christodoulou (@tim_chr)

Tim Christodoulou

@tim_chr

The ACT just became the first jurisdiction in Australia and the second in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. http://t.co/kkzX3OnrFX #auspol

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17. And hopes that where the ACT goes, the rest of Australia will follow.

Congratulations to all the couples finally marrying this week in #Canberra Hopefully the rest of Aus has #MarriageEquality soon #LoveIsLove

— Kirsty Wood (@KirstyWho)

Kirsty Wood

@KirstyWho

Congratulations to all the couples finally marrying this week in #Canberra Hopefully the rest of Aus has #MarriageEquality soon #LoveIsLove

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

MileCreations / imgur.com / Via reddit.com

19. Instead of hellfire, the weather looked normal.

ABC News 24

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 australianmarriageequality.com

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Simon Crerar is founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
Contact Simon Crerar at simon.crerar@buzzfeed.com.
 
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