Love Story

Australia's First Same-Sex Union

Two men tied the knot in Australia's first legally viable civil ceremony Wednesday, one week after the paperwork for the newly legal same-sex unions became available. “Finally we're equal and we’re not treated as second-class citizens,” said Chris Rumble. “We've just been best friends for 20 years,” added Warren McGaw. Despite fears that those seeking civil partnership in Australia might face an uphill battle—with some Aussies looking to overturn the new legislation—the government announced Thursday that it would not intervene. The unions also come with an unexpected price tag of $199 for registration, a fee that doesn’t exist for straight couples.