SSM gets sign-off, couples can wed on January 9

SAME-SEX marriage is officially legal in Australia after the Governor-General signed off on the historic laws today.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Sir Peter Cosgrove in Canberra for the signing of the bill this morning — the last step to change Australia’s laws.

“I assent to this Act … the Act now passes into Australian law,” Sir Cosgrove said as he signed a copy of the bill.

The government has set Saturday, December 9 as the date the new laws will take effect and the Attorney-General’s office has confirmed this means weddings can take place from January 9. This is because couples need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage one month before their ceremonies.

Couples who got married overseas will have their unions automatically recognised under Australia law on Saturday.

Ahead of the historic moment, an elated Mr Turnbull encouraged his fellow Australians to start making wedding preparations.

“It is a big Australian hug for all same-sex couples, saying we love and r…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/samesex-marriage-is-now-legal-in-australia/news-story/070e3df2531bdab8663fd74c9cd5486c

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