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Australia's first same-sex marriage tragically ended after 48 days

Jo Grant and Jill Kindt's union, the first under Australia's same-sex marriage bill, was cut short after Jo lost her battle to a rare form of cancer

Australia's first same-sex marriage tragically ended after 48 days
Australia's first legally wed gay couple had their union cut short by terminal illness, after just 48 days

Australia’s first marriage under the country’s same-sex marriage laws tragically ended after 48 days.

The gay couple, Jo grant and Jill Kindt were the first to tie the knot under the country’s equal marriage law.

They had been in a relationship for eight years previous to the law passing in December.

They couple had the 30-day waiting period waived by officials, so they could speed up their union.

This was because Jo was suffering from a rare form of cancer.

Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages staff approved, married and registered the couple within 24 hours.

Australia’s first equal marriage cut short by terminal illness

The couple married less than a week after the bill was passed on 15 December, 2017, in a private ceremony in Queensland.

But after just 48 days of their official union, Jo passed away on 30 January.

Jo’s family gave officials permission to mention her passing in parliament earlier this week, reports Reuters.

‘This is a love story of the deep bond between Jo Grant and Jill Kindt,’ state Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.

‘This is also an inspiring story of the extraordinary length our staff went to, to make this historic marriage happen before it was too late.

‘She passed away knowing she got to fulfil her wish to get married to the person she loved.

‘It’s a story of hope that reframes Queensland as a modern, trailblazing state which recognises equal rights and the most fundamental principle — that love is love.’

Meanwhile, newly appointed Australian deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack recently said he has ‘changed’ his homophobic views.

Michael McCormack came under fire over ‘homophobic’ editorials he penned in 1992 and 1993.

However, McCormack has seemingly warmed to Australia’s new same-sex marriage bill and said he will be ‘MC’ at the wedding of a gay relative.

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