Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to marry long-time partner


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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is reportedly planning to marry his partner Shane Lloyd in Sydney in early November.

The pair will tie the knot in Circular Quay at the Museum of Contemporary Art where Joyce is a board member, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

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The couple have been together for more than 20 years. November is the two-year anniversary of Australian marriage equality.

Both Joyce and his partner were high-profile campaigners during the 2017 campaign for same-sex marriage.

Joyce, who is reportedly the highest paid CEO in Australia, made a $1 million donation to the “yes” campaign.

Speaking at a Dublin Chamber of Commerce dinner in October, Joyce joked about the expense of the wedding taking that donation into account.

“We personally wanted to get involved in [the ‘yes’ campaign] and my partner worked in the campaign for two years,” he said.

“We personally donated a million dollars to the campaign because we were massively outmatched by the church who supported a ‘no’ campaign.

“I can say almost with complete certainty that my marriage in three weeks time is the most expensive wedding of a man from [the south Dublin town of] Tallaght.”

He said he believes “every business community should be involved and passionate about these issues.”

“We decided and I decided that Qantas was better off being part of it,” he said.

Joyce also recalled the backlash against his stand.

“In Perth, I had a very angry man throw a pie in my face because of supporting marriage equality,” he said.

“I did notice that Richard Branson, who runs our major competitor Virgin Australia, came down soon after that and said he supported marriage equality long before I did.”

Alan Joyce ‘proud of Australia’ after yes vote in 2017

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Speaking in the weeks after the ‘yes’ vote, Alan Joyce said he was in Sydney with Lloyd, campaigner Magda Szubanski and others to hear the result announced.

“I’ve never been as nervous about anything. I had a knot in my stomach… It was a big relief and there was just all the tears,” he said.

“It was an amazing occasion. I’m very proud of Australia. I’m very proud of the country that I’ve now live in.

“I was very proud of Ireland [for legalising same-sex marriage] two years ago. But I was even prouder of Australia with this result.”

Alan Joyce joked at the time that his partner hadn’t popped the question yet, but he hoped it would happen soon.

“My partner hasn’t built up the courage to ask me yet!” he said.

“I’m still waiting for that, so hopefully.”

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