1st Australian Gay Couple Marries at British Consulate
The first same-sex couple legally tied the knot in Australia Friday at the British consulate in Sydney, but their homeland’s government still won’t recognize their marriage, Gay Star News reports.
It was reported earlier this month that same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of 23 countries, including nations where gay marriage isn’t legal, including Russia, Serbia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, after the U.K.’s Foreign Office ruled it was OK.
As long as one person from the couple is a citizen of the U.K., they can marry. Australia’s first same-sex marriage took place around 3 p.m. at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay.
Peter Fraser from Scotland, and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts after being together for 19 years. The couple was declared married by the British Consular General, who said performing the marriage was one of the his best moments of his posting to Australia.
"I take Gordon to be my lawfully wedded husband," Fraser, 43, said as his voice cracked.
’’Far from trying to break the tradition of marriage, we’re actually just trying to join the tradition,’’ Stevenson, 61, told the Sydney Morning Herald. ’’No longer should we have to say, ’Peter’s my partner’ or ’he’s my friend’ - I can say he’s my husband, and everyone knows what that means.’’