Australian authorities banned British husband planning husbands funeral

A heartbreaking honeymoon tragedy in Adelaide has claimed the life of a British man and seen his husband banned from funeral arrangements because their same-sex marriage isn't recognised.

Marco Bulmer-Rizzi and late David Bulmer
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Marco Bulmer-Rizzi is mourning the death of his husband David Bulmer but Australian law has effectively stopped him from playing any role in the funeral.

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David died on Saturday during the last stop on their Australian honeymoon, when he fell down stairs and cracked his skull, according to a Buzzfeed report.

His death certificate will read ‘never married’ and all decisions surrounding the death had to be approved by his father-in-law and not his widowed husband.

‘Please help me in getting David’s death certificate to show we were married,’ Marco Bulmer-Rizzi has written on Facebook, as he launched a campaign to try and overturn the ruling.


Australia authorities should be ashamed of them self, this is the lowest of the lowest you can do against a spouse . This makes Australia authorities heartless that carries out the worst and lowest kind of state homophobia. has updated the story with the following :

Following the release of this story, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill announced he would introduce legislation to recognise overseas same-sex marriages to state parliament by the end of the year. He also apologised to the family for the hurt caused by the law.

Photo by Facebook/Marco Bulmer-Rizzi

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