Same-sex community have fingers crossed
MACHANS BEACH couple Kathleen Burns and Elaine Spicer got married in 2005, 26 years after they first met in Sydney.
Despite a clear commitment to each other, they had to travel all the way to Canada to say “I do”.
They said it had been a long wait to see Australia adopt same-sex marriage laws and they had their fingers crossed for a positive outcome today.
“We haven’t seen the legislation, so we’re not even sure if our marriage would be legally recognised here. If not, we’ll have to get the certificate redone,” Dr Burns said.
Ms Spicer said discrimina- tion still faced many same-sex de facto couples in the Far North, including in medical situations where one person was stopped from making critical decisions about their partner.
“Marriage, and being equal, really equal, makes such a difference in those situations,” she said.
She said members of the Cairns LGBTIQ community were ready for the survey result to finally be released.
“The whole debate, although it’s been good in some ways in bringing the community together, I think it was terrible that they had to do this,” she said.
“It’s been really upsetting for a lot of people. They’re getting a bit worn down by the constant discussion.”
ANXIOUS WAIT: Machans Beach couple Elaine Spicer and Kathleen Burns have been together 38 years and can’t wait for today’s result.