The significance of the day weighed heavily on both grooms. During the postal survey, some gay people were devastated to discover their own family members would be voting against them. Not so for this couple — their entire families could not be prouder. They got up at 5am to catch people on their way to work. They wrote a beautiful letter and handed it out to their Blue Mountains community. The reception was held at Zest Waterfront Venues, The Spit — overlooking the water where the couple first made a commitment to each other while kayaking.
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Australia gay marriage: Gay, lesbian couples legally marry at midnight
Australia's first same-sex wedding has taken place following the country's vote to legalise gay marriage. Welsh-born Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, tied the knot in Sydney where they were pronounced "wife and wife" in front of 65 guests. It had been thought that the first possible date for same-sex weddings would be 9 January because of a four-week waiting period after the ground-breaking legislation was passed earlier this month. But the brides had special permission to marry without giving a month's notice to the New South Wales registry of births, deaths and marriages under a special exemption on financial grounds. Ms Price's family had already making the trip down under from Wales as the couple had planned to marry at the British consulate under UK law before the Australian legislation was passed.
Australia's first same-sex couples say 'I do'
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