Just a few weeks ahead of the 12-month anniversary of the “yes” vote, Queensland has reached the milestone of 1000 registered same-sex marriages.
Marriage equality legislation was passed on December 8 last year but couples had to wait a further 30 days before being able to tie the knot.
Since then, there has been an average of close to four same-sex marriages registered in the state each day, with a majority (60 per cent) involving lesbian couples, according to data published by the Courier-Mail.
The registry in inner city Brisbane recorded 278 marriages, more than a quarter of the total.
Outside of the capital city, the most weddings were held on the Gold Coast, with 140 couples marrying, and Sunshine Coast, with 122.
In the north, Cairns is most popular with 63 weddings registered.
Meanwhile, Townsville has had 29 marriages registered, and Toowoomba 16.
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said it was wonderful to see so many couples tying the knot in the state.
“Spring is traditionally a popular time for couples to wed and another 32 same-sex couples have already lodged their notices of intended marriage for a ceremony at the registry by the end of the year,” she said.
In March, it was revealed the first ever same sex marriage took place in Queensland on December 15 last year.
Authorities granted a special exemption to Jo Grant and Jill Kindt to waive the 30-day waiting period so Grant could tie the knot before losing her battle with terminal cancer.
Just a week after the passage of marriage equality, the couple held a marriage ceremony in front of family and friends in the garden of their beachside property at Coolum.
Jo sadly passed away on January 30 after 48 days of being legally married.
Next month, QNews Magazine will be holding a community forum on November 15 to mark the 12-month anniversary of the “yes” vote.
QNews Magazine’s editors Jordan Hirst and Destiny Rogers will host special guest speakers and community representatives who will discuss the issues confronting our community now and into the future.
Find more details about the free event here.