After 50 Years Together, Australia's Oldest Gay Couple Will Be Allowed To Wed

Arthur Cheeseman and John Challis plan to tie the knot by January of next year after 50 years together.

Cheeseman is 85 while Challis is 89. The couple will be allowed to wed now since Australia held its historic vote to legalize same-sex marriage in the country.

"It (this law) gives us a new dignity, a new status, a new place in society. We are the same as everyone else," Cheeseman stated.

The Australians voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in a poll that went out. 61.6% of the people voted in support of allowing same-sex couple to wed. The vote was a majority in every state and territory and the voter turnout was 79.5%. The announcement, of course, was welcomed by the rainbow-colored community across Australia.

Senator Dean Smith, who is also gay, introduced the bill to the Australian parliament, just a day after the results of the poll were released. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mentioned that he aims to pass legislation on the bill by Christmas.

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Source: Independent

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