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Lesbian couple will be the first same-sex pair to marry in Australia

Lesbian couple will be the first same-sex pair to marry in Australia

Lesbian couple will be the first to marry in Australia

A lesbian couple will be the first same-sex pair to marry in Australia since the law changed last week (7 December).

Lauren Price, 31 and Amy Laker, 29 have been planning their civil ceremony for a year.

They lodged an intention to get married notice at the British Consulate in September – Price is originally from Wales.

But since marriage equality became legal in Australia less than a week ago, they decided to change their civil ceremony to a wedding.

Lauren and Amy
Lauren and Amy (Image: Facebook)

They went to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to plead their case, citing financial costs. Price’s family are flying over from Wales and Laker has family traveling interstate.

During the meeting, the couple were unsure if it would work. Officials told them to wait while they deliberated on the decision.

‘It was the longest ten minutes of our lives,’ Laker told the Daily Mail. ‘When she came back in and said she had good news I just started crying.’

They also chose not to marry in the UK because Laker’s mother is too unwell to travel.

‘We just clicked’

The couple met three years ago in Sydney, two weeks after Lauren arrived in the country.

Laker said: ‘Once we got together we just couldn’t not be together.’

‘We just clicked,’ she added.

Price then proposed to Amy a year later on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Laker said: ”For us being legally married is more about automatically being next of kin.

[It’s] also because we want children so it makes that clearer. This is my child’s other mother, my wife,’ she said.

If you’re planning to get married in Australia, find out more details on the Australian Government’s website.