Aussie gay couple married just minutes after it became officially possible

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Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan tied the knot almost immediately as the marriage equality law in Australia came into effect. The pair tied the knot just minutes after midnight on January 9, a month after the country’s Parliament voted to pass The Marriage Act considering the results of the independent postal vote. More than 60% of Australians voted for the term ‘marriage’ to be redefined to include same-sex couples. Craig, who sprinted for Australia in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, married his partner of three years in a narrow circle of his nearest and dearest. Following the wedding at the picturesque Summergrove Estate in New South Wales, Craig said he had never thought about creating a family but when he met Luke he realized that it was a man who he wants to share a life with, calling him his husband.“It’s another way to show your love and appreciation of your partner in front of the people in your life,” Craig explained, “Not being able to do that it kind of s*cks a bit — you want to be able to show your partner you love them.” Craig’s sister, Sarah Ross, congratulated her brother saying: “A few months ago we didn’t know if he’d be able to get legally married in Australia, so the fact that today he gets to have a husband is pretty incredible,” she said, “It’s something that should have happened a long time ago so for me to see it happen today is pretty important to us.”

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