Getting our gay marriage on

By 7 December, 2013 78

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Simon Corbell is deriving some satisfaction from Canberra’s groundbreaking gay marriages taking place in advance of the High Court’s ruling on his legislation:

Today is a very significant moment in the ACT’s and in the nation’s history as the first legally sanctioned marriages between same sex couples take place in the Territory throughout the weekend,Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said.

“It is exciting for the couples, their families and friends and it is tremendous for the Territory because it shows how our community is tolerant, diverse, and accepting,” said Mr Corbell.

UPDATE: MartyO has sent in photos of the first ceremony at Parliament House between Stephen Dawson and Dennis Liddelow.

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78 Responses to Getting our gay marriage on
#1
ScienceRules2:03 pm, 07 Dec 13

Congratulations to the happy couple and bravo to everyone involved. Great days indeed…

#2
fabforty4:43 pm, 07 Dec 13

ScienceRules said :

Congratulations to the happy couple and bravo to everyone involved. Great days indeed…

+ 1

#3
deepsouf4:48 pm, 07 Dec 13

Going to be a right mess if the gowns tear down that legislation.

#4
Deref5:32 pm, 07 Dec 13

fabforty said :

ScienceRules said :

Congratulations to the happy couple and bravo to everyone involved. Great days indeed…

+ 1

+ 2

:D Woohoo!

Heartiest congratulations to them!

#5
damien haas5:53 pm, 07 Dec 13

I dont understand why they are performing this ceremony at Parliament House – surely it should be at the Assembly if they are using it as a political point.

#6
poetix6:25 pm, 07 Dec 13

I hope they have a very long and happy marriage.

#7
bigfeet6:49 pm, 07 Dec 13

Congratulations and welcome to married life guys and girls.

I’m pleased that you now have the right to be as miserable as the rest of us! Careful what you wish for!

Seriously though…It’s about bloody time this inequity was righted.

Well done to all involved.

#8
simsim8:50 pm, 07 Dec 13

damien haas said :

I dont understand why they are performing this ceremony at Parliament House – surely it should be at the Assembly if they are using it as a political point.

And if they’re not using it as a political point, if they’re using Parliament house because, like hundreds of straight couples who got married at parliament house, they think it’s a pretty location to get married at, are they allowed to use it then?

Wait, the bookings at Parliament house are organised by the Parliament House Booking Agency. They get to decide who gets married there. Do you work there? If not, your opinion on the matter is pretty much meaningless.

#9
Thumper8:58 pm, 07 Dec 13

This is fantastic, but when the feds tear it down, I hope everyone points the finger of blame in the right direction, that being Corbell and co for what was a blatant piece of politicking….

Then again, maybe the feds won’t tear it down. One can hope….

#10
Mr Gillespie9:04 pm, 07 Dec 13

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

#11
bigfeet9:18 pm, 07 Dec 13

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

Is this the real Mr G? There are NO WORDS randomly capitalised. I SMELL an impostor.

#12
Mr Evil10:16 pm, 07 Dec 13

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

What about if someone wanted to marry a life-like Erin Molan model made out of illegally obtained plastic shopping bags and used tissues: would that be okay by you, Mr G?

#13
gooterz10:22 pm, 07 Dec 13

Saves money getting a wedding photographer ay!

Glad to see two people getting married because they love each other, and not because they are making a political statement.

Isn’t that like going on a hunger strike to show how much you love not eating?

#14
Canberroid10:35 pm, 07 Dec 13

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

#15
poetix10:59 pm, 07 Dec 13

But more to the point is 1 John 4:

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

That is just a prescription for love, without any silly restrictions. Whereas people who object to gay marriage are fearful:

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

And there are some who object who are just insecure or hateful sad cases, of course.

#16
gooterz11:01 pm, 07 Dec 13

Canberroid said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

On the other hand:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/children-removed-after-generations-of-incest-20131206-2ywrt.html

The mothers of these kids don’t have any issues with their lovers. If love is the only requirement of marriage?

#17
damien haas11:22 pm, 07 Dec 13

simsim said :

damien haas said :

I dont understand why they are performing this ceremony at Parliament House – surely it should be at the Assembly if they are using it as a political point.

And if they’re not using it as a political point, if they’re using Parliament house because, like hundreds of straight couples who got married at parliament house, they think it’s a pretty location to get married at, are they allowed to use it then?

Wait, the bookings at Parliament house are organised by the Parliament House Booking Agency. They get to decide who gets married there. Do you work there? If not, your opinion on the matter is pretty much meaningless.

So only people who work at parliament house have meaningful opinions?

#18
damien haas11:24 pm, 07 Dec 13

Thumper said :

This is fantastic, but when the feds tear it down, I hope everyone points the finger of blame in the right direction, that being Corbell and co for what was a blatant piece of politicking….

Then again, maybe the feds won’t tear it down. One can hope….

Its not ‘the feds’, its ‘the courts’.

#19
LSWCHP11:47 pm, 07 Dec 13

Is it just me, or is the body language in a couple of those photos a bit odd? I mean, they’re kissing each other after just getting married, but they both have one hand jammed into their pockets and they seem to be turning away from each other.

#20
gungsuperstar2:31 am, 08 Dec 13

Canberroid said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

Buuuuuurn.

I’ve lived in Canberra for nearly a decade now. Never really liked it.

I’ve never liked it more than I did on Saturday – I’ve never been so proud to live anywhere.

#21
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd7:18 am, 08 Dec 13

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

You got a source on that one, g?

#22
simsim7:21 am, 08 Dec 13

damien haas said :

simsim said :

damien haas said :

I dont understand why they are performing this ceremony at Parliament House – surely it should be at the Assembly if they are using it as a political point.

And if they’re not using it as a political point, if they’re using Parliament house because, like hundreds of straight couples who got married at parliament house, they think it’s a pretty location to get married at, are they allowed to use it then?

Wait, the bookings at Parliament house are organised by the Parliament House Booking Agency. They get to decide who gets married there. Do you work there? If not, your opinion on the matter is pretty much meaningless.

So only people who work at parliament house have meaningful opinions?

On the specific matter of “who gets booked in to have a marriage there and who doesn’t”… well, you’re entitled to have any opinion you like about it, but that opinion doesn’t have any affect on the outcome. And opinions that don’t have any affect tend to qualify in my books as meaningless. Why would you feel different?

#23
ScienceRules7:44 am, 08 Dec 13

Canberroid said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

Thank you canberraoid, you’ve saved me the trouble.

#24
CraigT7:55 am, 08 Dec 13

Canberroid said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

Sex, not gender.

And no, there is no good reason to redefine the meaning of marriage to include same-sex couples. Completely pointless.

#25
JC8:04 am, 08 Dec 13

Canberroid said :

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

Indeed, and the news should not be giving any airtime to religious leaders. Last time I looked the Commonwealth of Australia was secular, which means religion and government don’t mix.

If certain religious groups object, then fine it’s their right to, but they should be preaching this to their flock, not trying to enforce their views on the rest of the country, especially as the government is secular.

Written and spoken by a happily married heterosexual, who believes that everyone should be given the choice to make their own decisions and not have bigoted views foisted upon us in law by religious sects. (read the Catholic Church in particular)

#26
magiccar99:27 am, 08 Dec 13

Yawn. Are we still banging on about this?
Marry or don’t marry, just get on with it please. I, like many other people, are so far over this issue and ridiculous amounts of time and money that are being wasted on it.

Is it possible for these couples to just get married quietly now – like everyone else, instead of constantly trying to make a gigantic point of it?

#27
ScienceRules9:36 am, 08 Dec 13

CraigT said :

Canberroid said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

Sex, not gender.

And no, there is no good reason to redefine the meaning of marriage to include same-sex couples. Completely pointless.

Would you also say that marriage between hetero couples is also completely pointless? No, didn’t think so. Just love that special privelage, eh?

#28
Deref9:40 am, 08 Dec 13

Canberroid said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Gay “marriage”? What an oxymoron. Marriage, by definition, is a union between a man and a woman, not a man and another man. Ever heard of a male “bride”??? Tellya what, this student-run “state” has really gone whacko

According to the bible, the definition of marriage used to include multiple wives and slaves, and women being forced to marry their rapists. Marriage is whatever a society defines it to be, and soon when enough old bigots like yourself die off the definition of marriage will be blind to gender.

Age has nothing to do with it. Being old doesn’t make you a homophobic bigot and being young doesn’t prevent you from being one.

But yes – I was going to ask Mr G whose definition he was using. It’s certainly not the biblical one.

#29
Roundhead8910:04 am, 08 Dec 13

I find all this to be rather sad and hollow and reminiscent of the story of Cinderella. The fairies appear and tell Cinderella she can go to the ball and she has her fun but it all turns into a pumpkin at midnight. In this case midnight is Thursday when the High Court will can the whole gay marriage thing.

#30
johnboy10:06 am, 08 Dec 13

Quiet marriages eh?

Wish I got invited to the ones you do.

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