Re­sort pre­pared for a hon­ey­moon pe­riod

The Weekend Post - - News - AN­DREA FALVO an­ edi­to­rial@cairn­ face­­sPost www.cairn­ twit­­sPost

AUS­TRALIA’S only Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans, In­ter­sex, Queer (LGBTIQ) re­sort is ready to start book­ing wed­dings and elope­ments if the same-sex mar­riage vote is ‘yes’ on Wed­nes­day.

Tur­tle Cove Re­sort, about 46km north of Cairns, has been a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion with gay and les­bian vis­i­tors from around the globe for the past 24 years and is now wait­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a new era.

The Aus­tralian Mar­riage Law Postal Sur­vey forms were sent to all el­i­gi­ble Aus­tralians in Septem­ber and closed this week, cost­ing the Fed­eral Govern­ment $122 mil­lion.

Now just four days away from the re­sult in par­lia­ment, Tur­tle Cove Re­sort has cre­ated same-sex mar­riage cer­e­mony, re­cep­tion and elope­ment pack- ages that are ready to book.

Ilya Arte­menko from Rus­sia and Alexan­der Gr­ishyn from Ukraine re­cently moved to Cairns and are ea­gerly wait­ing Wed­nes­day’s ver­dict.

Mr Arte­menko said they planned to set­tle in Aus­tralia and were hop­ing to get mar­ried if the same-sex mar­riage plebiscite was suc­cess­ful.

“When we got here we weren’t aware that Aus­tralia didn’t have mar­riage equal­ity,” Mr Arte­menko said. “To be able to live, work, set­tle down and get mar­ried here would be the whole pack­age.”

Re­sort mar­ket­ing man­ager Mike Evans said Tur­tle Cove had al­ways held LGBTIQ com­mit­ment cer­e­monies, but to have a wed­ding of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged by Par­lia­ment would be a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment.

“The same-sex mar­riage sur­vey is momentous and we don’t want cou­ples to have to wait a mo­ment longer to get mar­ried,” he said.

“Should the sur­vey pro­vide a ‘yes’ vote, we’re ready to host cer­e­monies and re­cep­tions of any size at Tur­tle Cove.

“We have al­ways catered for LGBTIQ com­mit­ment cer­e­monies but there’s a good chance this week that many cou­ples will get to make it of­fi­cial, which is amaz­ing and long over­due.”

He said he couldn’t think of a bet­ter place to ex­change vows.

HAPPY COU­PLE: Ilya Arte­menko and Alexan­der Gr­ishyn at Tur­tle Cove. They are hop­ing to get mar­ried if the same-sex mar­riage plebiscite is suc­cess­ful. Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.