Hurrah! It’s the first official day for same-sex marriage in Australia

Today, there were wedding bells a'plenty as same-sex couples tied the knot. These pictures will warm your cockles!
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The 9th of January 2018 will go down as a historic day for our nation – the day same-sex couples were (finally) officially allowed to get married.

In Australia, there needs to be a month’s notice of intent to marry so those couples who planned to get married as soon as the Marriage Equality Act passed last month could say ‘I do’ from today. A few couples were granted permission to hold their weddings earlier because of illness and international travel.

Just after midnight, gay couples began to gather in front of their family and friends to take their vows and finally achieve marriage equality.

Gillian Brady and Lisa Goldsmith got married at The Court in Perth.

So much joy!

Kelly Mackenzie and Kirsty Albion wed at Sandridge Estate on 6 January after successfully lodging a special Notice of Intended Marriage form, making theirs the first same-sex marriage in Tasmania.

Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan married just after midnight at Summergrove Estate on the Gold Coast.

Ron Van Houwelingen and Antony McManus got married in the theatre where they met 30 years ago in Prahran, Melbourne.

Sarah Turnbull and Rebecca Hickson pose with their Certificate of Marriage after being married in a ceremony in Newcastle, NSW.

And this bride-to-be posted possibly our favourite picture of the day:

Congratulations to all the happy couples!

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