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article imageWA Labor MP marries same-sex partner on the lawn of Parliament

By Andrew Ellis     Dec 7, 2013 in World
Canberra - On December 7 at 12:04 a.m., WA Labor politician Stephen Dawson and his now-husband Dennis Liddelow became the first same-sex married couple in Australia.
According to ABC Radio Australia, the couple married on lawn in front of the Federal Parliament in the Australian Capitol Territory.
Dawson said, according to DNA:
"Dennis and I are both quite private people when it comes to our relationship. We thought long and hard, not so much about getting married, but about making an issue of the fact that we're doing this. We think everybody should have this right."
The couple was among up to 20 other same-sex couples from the ACT, Victoria, NSW, and Queensland that were set to get married in Canberra on Saturday, according to The Guardian.
The marriages could be annulled by Thursday, however, when the High Court rules whether or not the ACT's ruling is lawful, according to DNA. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is also a strong Roman Catholic, is against same-sex marriage and believes that the laws of marriage should be made by the Federal Government to "ensure they are nationally uniform."
Despite the chance of the historic marriages being annulled Dawson hopes the High Court will approve, and that he'll be able to call Liddelow his husband for years to come, according to ABC Radio Australia.
"I'm pleased that I've been able to say it tonight and I hope to be able to say it next weekend. I hope that the High Court sees fit to allow these laws to stay," he said.
According to The Guardian, ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher said that even if the High Court decided not approve the law it would be an important step.
"Just by allowing the marriages for this period of time ... the momentum is there, the world has changed, history has changed and ultimately we will see this, I'm absolutely positive, brought in across the country at some time in the future," she said.
The Australian Christian Lobby, according to The Guardian, has spoken out against the law saying that it could bring about major "social consequences."
Lobbyist Lyle Shelton told Sky News Australia:
"We hear about equal love all the time but we don't hear about what it means for children. Same-sex marriage means same-sex parenting, that means necessarily taking a child from its biological mother or father and giving it to someone else."
Defending the new law, Gallagher said that "the world will go on," according to The Guardian. She also added that it doesn't affect those people who don't agree with it.
"It doesn't change their life, it doesn't change their relationships, this is all about making sure everyone is treated equally before the law," she said.
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