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British gay man who died while on his honeymoon in Australia will have his same-sex marriage recognized

British gay man who died while on his honeymoon in Australia will have his same-sex marriage recognized

David and Marco had their life ahead of them as a married a couple until a freak accident changed it forever

A British gay man who died while he was on honeymoon in Australia will have his same-sex marriage recognised on his death certificate.

David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, died after a fall down a flight of stairs left him with a cracked skull while on holiday with husband Marco, 38, in Adelaide.

On the death certificate, it was stamped ‘never married’ as South Australian law did not recognise their marriage. This meant Marco was not recognised as his next of kin and all the funeral arrangements had to go through David’s parents.

South Australia’s premier Jay Weatherill has given Marco his ‘personal guarantee’ that his husband’s death certificate will be reissued with his correct marital status.

Legislation will also be passed, he insisted, to recognise overseas same-sex marriages in South Australia.

‘At a time when [Marco’s] grappling with the loss of someone he loved, when they were in Australia celebrating their honeymoon – that was obviously awfully insensitive,’ he told The Guardian.

David had also donated his organs. ‘And here we are, treating him with disrespect at a time when he’s acting with almost the ultimate respect for the people of South Australia.

‘All of that was obviously very distressing to [Marco] and deeply shaming for us.’