Terminal illness led to Australia’s first same-sex marriage

A dying woman and her partner were the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Australia, it has been revealed.

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After the nation redefined its marriage law in December, Jo Grant and Jill Kindt obtained an exemption from an official waiting period.

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Ms Grant died from cancer on 30 January, less than seven weeks after marrying Ms Kindt. They had been together for eight years.

“Jo and I got to be legally married for 48 days – I’ll take that,” Ms Kindt.

Their historic marriage was made public in Queensland‘s parliament by state Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.

Photo By Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany (qe07 (9)) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons