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Australia celebrates country's first ever gay marriage

16 Décembre 2017

Two lesbians from Sydney became the first same-sex couple to marry in Australia Saturday after receiving special permission to Wednesday three weeks before marriage equality takes effect in the rest of the country.

"I don't even know if I'll make it to Christmas, let alone January 9, so they allowed us to get married early", Ms Willow told AAP on Friday.

Lauren Price and Amy Laker, who have been engaged for two years, had set December 16 as the date for their civil ceremony more than a year ago.

Friends and family of the couple flew from around the world to be part of the day.

The crowd cheered when celebrant Janice Bradley pronounced them a married couple. "Congratulations Amy and Lauren", Equal Marriage Rights Australia announced on its Facebook page.

The couple was granted a rare exemption so they could marry more than three weeks before other same-sex couples.

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Usually couples have to give a month's notice but were given the go-ahead because Lauren's family were already on their way to Australia from Wales for the commitment ceremony they had originally planned for.

"We went in there and made our case, and the officials left the room to make their decision", Laker told Daily Mail Australia. "It was the longest ten minutes of our lives and Amy cried when they said yes. It's was so wonderful".

It is understood that both couples were granted exemptions on financial grounds.

A same-sex couple in Melbourne was also married today after also being granted an exemption.

It is expected that the next same-sex weddings will take place on 9 January following the waiting period.

Australia celebrates country's first ever gay marriage