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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.

    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.

    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

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

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

    People went crazy, even though it was past midnight.

    Folks around Australia joined the party virtually.

    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

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

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    There was great joy across the nation...

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

    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

    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

    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

    #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

    #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

    "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

    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

    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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    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

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

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    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

    Instead of hellfire, the weather looked normal.

    ABC News 24

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

    Photo: AAP/Alan Porritt

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