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First Same-Sex Marriages Take Place In Australia


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Australia has been holding its first same-sex weddings.

It's the first official day of marriage equality after a new law passed last month.

Many couples tied the knot on the stroke of midnight, although some had been allowed marry last month thanks to special exemptions.

Australia is now among more than 25 counties which allow same-sex weddings, joining countries including Ireland, the US, Canada and New Zealand.

Lawmakers moved to quickly legalise same-sex marriages after an historic but non-binding postal survey saw voters back the move by 61.6%.  

It followed years of unsuccessful efforts to pass a law.

Speaking after the postal survey, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the result as an "overwhelming call for marriage equality". 


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