Aussie MP’s gay marriage in Spain broadcast live

South Australian politician Ian Hunter will marry partner of 20 years in Spain despite the union not being recognized in his own country

Aussie MP’s gay marriage in Spain broadcast live
06 December 2012

A gay South Australian member of parliament will tie the knot with his boyfriend in Spain because his country does not yet recognize same-sex marriage.

Politician Ian Hunter and artist Leith Semmens will walk down the aisle in the Spanish town of Jun on 19 December.

The couple moved the date forward from January after the Australian Parliament rejected a proposal to legalize gay marriage.

The mayor of the Jun, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, will oversee the wedding which will be broadcast live on Twitter’s Twitcam.

Hunter has been with his partner for 20 years now. In an interview with saweekend magazine in January 2012, he said: ‘We have had a long-term plan to go to Spain…so we decided to get married there.’

The pair had originally planned to wed in New York last year but after finding there was too much government red tape involved, opting for sunny Spain where gay marriage was legalized in 2005.



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