It’s been more than a year since Australia legalized same-sex marriage, which has been a good time for same-sex couples across the country, as well as the wedding industry, with many a Sydney wedding stylist getting more work thanks to the new weddings.
According to the Registry of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in the states and territories of Australia, there’s been thousands of same-sex marriages across the AU, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, in December 9 of 2018.
A lot of the registry offices provided statistics up to the end of November 2018, resulting in a slightly off data. That being said, the numbers show that there were 5,985 same-sex marriages registered across Australia.
New South Wales is the home of the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras, and, unsurprisingly, it has the most same-sex marriages registered, as of November 15, 2018, with 2,004, to the benefit of many a Sydney wedding stylist and others in the wedding industry.
The top five are rounded out by:
- Victoria (1,552)
- Queensland (1,241)
- Western Australia (519)
- South Australia (372)
Tasmania had 128 same-sex weddings, with 39 of these were male couples, while the remaining 89 couples were female.
The Australian Capital Territory, as of the time of writing, has the only openly gay leader in Australia; Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The region saw 124 same-sex marriages registered up to November 30. The Northern Territory, meanwhile, had a smaller population, which accounted, in part, for its smaller numbers; 45 same-sex weddings for 26 female couples and 19 male couples.
Aussie Marriage Equality spokeswoman Shirleene Robinson says that the country embraced the change when they voted for marriage equality. She believes that the most beautiful thing is to see all of the weddings that are happening because of the legislation being passed, and all of the loving couples having the power to make that statement in front of their loved ones.
While the legislation has been good, and a step forward in the right direction, there remains work to be done in order to make Australia completely accepting of same-sex marriages. One marriage celebrant, by the name of Joanne Armstrong, opened up about the terrible stories she’s either heard of or were part of. She says the legislation gave the people the ability to marry who they love, but that’s just a first step.