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More than 1300 same-sex couples have wed in Queensland since same-sex marriage ceremonies could legally be held just over one year ago on January 9, 2018.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said while same-sex marriage had been legal in Australia since December 9, 2017, couples had a 30-day waiting period before ceremonies could be held, unless they were granted an exemption.

“Since marriage changed to be more inclusive, 1330 same-sex marriages have been registered in Queensland one year on from January 9, 2018,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Marriage celebrants from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages wed 199 couples, while other celebrants conducted 1074 ceremonies. On top of this, 47 couples were married at courthouses and 10 had church weddings.

“Registry data shows that the majority of same-sex marriages have occurred in larger population areas such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions, but there have been weddings across the state since the laws came into effect.

“Celebrants have 30 days to register a marriage after the event so there will be even more couples who have married over the past 12 months, but their registration application form is yet to be received by the registry.”

Queensland held Australia’s first same-sex marriage on December 15, 2017 as the couple was given an exemption from the waiting period due to their personal circumstances. Three other couples also received exemption from the waiting period.

Same-sex marriages regional breakdown (as at 9 January 2019)

LGA Council        Count
Brisbane City            460
Gold Coast City            159
Sunshine Coast Regional        123
Moreton Bay Regional Council     84
Cairns Regional Council         46
Noosa Shire Council         40
Townsville City             38
Douglas Shire Council         34
Ipswich City             32
Scenic Rim Regional Council     29
Logan City             29
Fraser Coast Regional         28
Mackay Regional Council         25
Toowoomba Regional Council     24
Redland City Council         23
Whitsunday Regional Council     20
Bundaberg Regional Council     17
Livingstone Shire Council     14
Rockhampton Regional Council     13
Lockyer Valley Regional         10
Southern Downs Regional          9
Gympie Regional              7
Tablelands Regional Council      5
Somerset Regional Council      5
Goondiwindi Regional Council     <5
Maranoa Regional Council     <5
Western Downs Regional Council     <5
Cassowary Coast Regional     <5
Gladstone Regional Council     <5
Balonne Shire             <5
Barcaldine Regional Council     <5
South Burnett Regional         <5
Charters Towers Regional     <5
Central Highlands Regional     <5
Isaac Regional Council         <5
Mareeba Shire Council         <5
Cook Shire             <5
Blackall-Tambo Regional         <5

Grand Total            1,330

PLEASE NOTE: Numbers less than five are not specified for privacy reasons.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

 
Yvette D'Ath : Attorney-General and Minister for Justice :
GPO Box 149, Brisbane Qld 4001, Queensland Wide
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Yvette D'Ath  :  Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
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