All across the country, just after midnight, same-sex couples began tying the knot surrounded by their loved ones.
January 9 is officially the first date for same-sex weddings as there was a four-week waiting period after the landmark laws were passed in Canberra in early December.
Some couples have wed already, however, after being given special permission to waive the notice period for personal reasons.
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Among the couples tying the knot today were Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan, who said ‘I do’ in the early hours of the morning at Carool near Tweed Heads.
Craig’s career as a sprinter is all about timing, and he timed his wedding to Luke to perfection.
Burns, who represented Australia at the world championships and Commonwealth Games as a 4x400m relay runner, married the love of his life at one minute after midnight.
Burns and Sullivan, who’s also a track athlete, have turned their wedding on its head – it started with a reception garden party on Monday at 8pm leading up to the official ceremony from 11.30pm.
“The celebrant has sort of timed it so that at 12.01am all the official stuff is said and we will sign our official documents after midnight,” Burns told AAP.
The couple met in 2015 with Craig popping the question at Byron Bay in March last year – before they even knew if they’d be able to legally marry.