June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ community, a month to remember the struggle to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices, but above all, a month to celebrate love, equality and diversity. I can’t think a better way to do it than sharing with you these 10 same-sex real couples that said yes to love!
Not so long ago, in 2017, Australia voted ‘yes’ to marriage equality with 61.6% (7.8 million) in favour, making marriage legal for same-sex couples. At Easy Weddings, we believe that marriage equality shouldn’t be an issue and everyone should be allowed to marry the one they love.
When Erin proposed to her girlfriend Lauren, same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in Australia.
Nor did they think it would happen in their lifetime. “We had been together for five years and Erin knew she was ready to ask me, so she went ahead regardless of what the law said and thank goodness she did,” smiles Lauren. “We couldn’t believe that in the same year we got engaged that this was happening around us.”
“It was important to us to have an intimate and unique wedding that would stand
out from others apart from there being two brides!” -Renee
Greg, 51, and Troy, 36, had a three-year-long engagement – not to take extra time to plan, but to wait for the law to provide equal opportunity.
Teresa and Tracy met properly through a mutual friend and have now been together for 18 years with two children together.
“Prior to us meeting, both of us had just got out of long term relationships with guys and we were both at rock bottom in life,” Chiara says
A week together in paradise helped Byron and Jeremy realise they had something special.
Fast forward to November 2017 and marriage equality finally became a reality, something the Canberra couple had been waiting for before making it official.
“We met 26 years ago at a music camp when a relationship like ours was still taboo,” says Lisa, 52, of her wife Kerri, 51. “We exchanged rings almost immediately and, in our minds, we were married,” she smiles. “In 2018 the law was finally passed and we were able to get married.”
Ben and Tim were an item for seven years before Australia granted them the right to legally tie the knot in late 2017. “On the weekend after marriage equality was announced, we were walking to the grocery store when Tim turned to me and said ‘So, are we going to get married now?’
Damien and Luke were in the same circle of friends for two years before fate brought them together. “We tackled an eight-week Europe trip to see if we could kill each other, but we came back even stronger,” Luke says with a laugh.
“Tanja proposed in 2015 in a way that was just as unconventional and crazy as our whole relationship – at an abandoned train station with flowers, music and torches,” Verena recalls.