The extraordinary efforts behind the scenes of Australia’s first same-sex marriage, allowing a Queensland woman to wed her partner before she died from cancer, have been revealed.
Jill Kindt and Jo Grant had been together for eight years but only legally married for 48 days, after they tied the knot in their garden on December 15.
It was a week after same-sex marriage became legal in Australia, and today it was revealed to be the country’s first.
It was allowed to proceed without the 30-day waiting period because Ms Grant was terminally ill with a rare cancer.
She died on January 30, 2018, just over six weeks from her wedding.
Today the behind-the-scenes details, and the people who helped make their wedding possible, were mentioned in Queensland Parliament.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said Ms Kindt and Ms Grant were approved, married, and registered all in one day, after the Registrar ruled exceptional circumstances.
PHOTO: Ms Grant (right) died on January 30, 2018. (Supplied: Marion Jonkers)