After a two-year relationship, Gillian Brady and Lisa Goldsmith “tied the knot” in a backyard commitment ceremony in 2012.Perth Couple Gillian Brady and Lisa Goldsmith to Make History with Same-Sex Wedding at Court Hotel.
It was one of the happiest days of their lives — and yet, something was missing.
It was the same thing that was missing when Ms Brady called her partner her “wife” from that moment on.
It felt right and it sounded right but technically, it was wrong.
A stroke after midnight tonight, they will become one of the first same-sex couples to be married under Australian law.
Same-sex marriage became legal on December 9 but the one-month notice period means the first weddings will take place tomorrow.
The Perth couple are having their ceremony at WA’s best known gay venue, The Court Hotel — and it is open to the public.
Ms Goldsmith, a dementia nurse, said they were typically private people but were putting themselves out there to celebrate a milestone in Australian history.
“For me it is a momentous occasion because from Tuesday I’ll be able to call her my wife,” she said. “Everyone else can and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to.
“We do everything else like everyone else, we pay our taxes.”
The couple did not support the concept of a postal plebiscite but took heart from the emphatic Yes vote.
Ms Brady, a high school science teacher, said it took power away from people who were negative or abusive about sexuality.
“If someone looks at us funny, we can just look at each other and smile,” Ms Brady said.
“They are in the minority.”
She said there were also important legal ramifications which came with same-sex marriage.
“Up until this point, if you’re hospitalised or anything like that and they say it’s family only, partners can be not allowed into that room,” Ms Brady said.
“Now, if you have family members that don’t acknowledge who they are or like to step in over the top of partners, they can no longer do that.”
Their marriage celebrant, Dru Soltys, said he was delighted to be preparing for his first same-sex wedding.
“I’m absolutely jubilant about it,” he said. “Everybody that’s coming together for the event tomorrow is doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.
“We’re not charging anybody.
“We’re celebrating a moment in history.
“The intention is for everyone to stay on afterwards and celebrate.”
Mr Soltys said though it had taken too long he was glad Australian had joined the ranks of other Western countries in legalising same-sex marriage.
“I’m aware of couples in the gay community who have lived, loved and died and were never able to get married,” he said.