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Gay couples who have already married overseas will have their unions officially recognized from Saturday
Australian wedding dresses are prepared for a rush of a couple of youngsters in the evening with the same Minister of Foreign Affairs. Malcolm Turnbull already boasting several guests. The historic reform was given on Friday, the final step in a process that began with a national postal vote in September.
“The act has now passed into Australian law,” said Queen’s Representative, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at a ceremony in Canberra on Friday. Gay couples who have already married overseas will have their unions officially recognized on Saturday when the bill comes into full effect. Those wanting to read a book to marry Saturday, but they will not wait until the next day. All purpose four members of the 150-seat lower House of Representatives voted in favor of marriage on Thursday, sparking jubilant scenes in parliament. Turnbull, a fast-paced same-sex union, Friday morning encouraging his fellow Australians to start making wedding preparations. “It’s a big Australian, saying we love and respect you,” he said. At least two Sydney marriages as a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer) communities. “This is an historic day in the struggle for civil rights in Australia,” Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne said. “Council will make its facilities – halls, community centers and parks – available free of hiring for couples.” Many couples have long waited for the law to change their lives. The Paddington Uniting Church, in Sydney, with a gay minister, said it had been bombarded with requests from couples to get married. “I think there are lots of LGBTIQ people in the church who would be keen to have their union celebrated in the church,” Reverend Ben Gilmore told ABC broadcaster. Turnbull is also preparing for a busy January, revealing he has several guests. “I have had a few, I think January is going to be very busy,” he told reporters. “There’ll be plenty of business for the caterers, I would think about the next few months.” Demand for gay weddings is set to a moneyspinner for various sectors of the economy, including hospitality, recreation and professional services, according to an analysis by ANZ Bank. “We assume half of all couples,” said senior economist Cherelle Murphy. “Aus $ 54,000, the marriage spend would be around $ 650 million in the first 12 months.”

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