A Manly couple has used a legal loophole to defy Australia’s gay marriage laws.
James Hanley, 23, who has dual citizenship, and Dan Waknin, 35, were able to tie the knot at the British consulate under marriage equality legislation in England and Wales.
While their marriage will not be recognised here, James said he hoped Australia would pass the necessary laws to recognise their marriage soon – hopefully within the next four years.
“For me, it’s more just a surprise that it is 2016 and it’s still a debated issue,” he said.
“There are so many bigger issues out there than this.
“Society and the world is slowly coming around to it – a lot more people these days are very open to it and legalising it will be a big step in eliminating homophobia in the next generation.”
The couple married in front of 20 family and friends on Friday, before holding a reception at Shelly Beach.
Dan said the day was perfect.
“The ceremony was very brief, but it was a very intimate moment with your close ones. Many people said they got emotional.”
The couple will honeymoon in Japan and the Maldives. They plan on continuing to travel but are looking forward to having a family in the future.
The UK’s Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 means any gay couple with at least one UK passport can get married in a British consulate located in a number of countries where gay marriage is illegal.