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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Love is in the air across Queensland

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Love is in the air across Queensland

    More than 1300 same-sex couples have wed in Queensland since same-sex marriage ceremonies could legally be held just over one year ago on January 9, 2018.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said while same-sex marriage had been legal in Australia since December 9, 2017, couples had a 30-day waiting period before ceremonies could be held, unless they were granted an exemption.

    “Since marriage changed to be more inclusive, 1330 same-sex marriages have been registered in Queensland one year on from January 9, 2018,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “Marriage celebrants from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages wed 199 couples, while other celebrants conducted 1074 ceremonies. On top of this, 47 couples were married at courthouses and 10 had church weddings.

    “Registry data shows that the majority of same-sex marriages have occurred in larger population areas such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions, but there have been weddings across the state since the laws came into effect.

    “Celebrants have 30 days to register a marriage after the event so there will be even more couples who have married over the past 12 months, but their registration application form is yet to be received by the registry.”

    Queensland held Australia’s first same-sex marriage on December 15, 2017 as the couple was given an exemption from the waiting period due to their personal circumstances. Three other couples also received exemption from the waiting period.

     

    Same-sex marriages regional breakdown (as at 9 January 2019)

    LGA Council

    Count

    Brisbane City

    460

    Gold Coast City

    159

    Sunshine Coast Regional

    123

    Moreton Bay Regional Council

    84

    Cairns Regional Council

    46

    Noosa Shire Council

    40

    Townsville City

    38

    Douglas Shire Council

    34

    Ipswich City

    32

    Scenic Rim Regional Council

    29

    Logan City

    29

    Fraser Coast Regional

    28

    Mackay Regional Council

    25

    Toowoomba Regional Council

    24

    Redland City Council

    23

    Whitsunday Regional Council

    20

    Bundaberg Regional Council

    17

    Livingstone Shire Council

    14

    Rockhampton Regional Council

    13

    Lockyer Valley Regional

    10

    Southern Downs Regional

    9

    Gympie Regional

    7

    Tablelands Regional Council

    5

    Somerset Regional Council

    5

    Goondiwindi Regional Council

    <5

    Maranoa Regional Council

    <5

    Western Downs Regional Council

    <5

    Cassowary Coast Regional

    <5

    Gladstone Regional Council

    <5

    Balonne Shire

    <5

    Barcaldine Regional Council

    <5

    South Burnett Regional

    <5

    Charters Towers Regional

    <5

    Central Highlands Regional

    <5

    Isaac Regional Council

    <5

    Mareeba Shire Council

    <5

    Cook Shire

    <5

    Blackall-Tambo Regional

    <5

    Grand Total

    1,330

    PLEASE NOTE: Numbers less than five are not specified for privacy reasons.

    ENDS

     

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