Here’s How Many Same-Sex Couples Have Wed In Australia So Far

More than 370 same-sex marriages have been registered across Australia in the month since same-sex weddings began.

While the legislation came into effect on December 9, couples had to give a month’s notice of their intention to marry.


So far, New South Wales has led the pack with 142 same-sex couples registering their marriages since January 9, AAP reported.

That figure was almost nine per cent of the state’s 1602 recognised weddings in that time, according to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

In Victoria, 88 same-sex couples have registered their marriage in the state since January 9.

In Queensland, 61 same-sex couples’ marriages have been recorded to the end of January, with almost two-thirds of those female couples, according to AAP.

Forty-five of Western Australia’s 687 registered marriages in January were between same-sex couples.

In South Australia, 25 same-sex couples had registered their marriages since January 9, and 10 same-sex couples in Tasmania.

Couples typically have a 14-day window to register their marriage after their wedding.

Queensland couple Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan (pictured) wasted no time registering their intent to marry as soon as marriage equality came into effect in December, tying the knot just across the state border at midnight on January 9.

Then on January 12, two Gold Coast men became the first same-sex couple to be married at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The couple tied the knot in front of more than 20 friends and family in one of the registry’s two ceremony rooms in Brisbane.

The Queensland government last month unveiled a commemorative marriage certificate design that featured two entwined gold rings with rainbows inside that are now available to Queenslanders celebrating their nuptials.

The City of Sydney was one of two New South Wales councils to offer free venues to same-sex couples following the legalisation of same-sex marriage.


Lord Mayor Clover Moore said six couples had already taken up the City of Sydney’s offer and more than a dozen other ceremonies had been booked.

In South Australia, Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese pledged to waive the hire fees for all wedding ceremonies in the city’s parklands and squares until June 30 this year to celebrate marriage equality becoming legal.

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