Wed­ded, at long last

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Amelup farm­ers, Dar­ren Moir and Nigel Lock cel­e­brated their love with fam­ily and friends last Satur­day af­ter tire­lessly cam­paign­ing for mar­riage equal­ity in Aus­tralia.

The cou­ple met seven years ago and have been en­gaged for five long years, pa­tiently wait­ing for the Aus­tralian Mar­riage Act to al­low same-sex cou­ples to marry.

Af­ter the SSM plebiscite came back with re­sound­ing sup­port for mar­riage equal­ity, Mr Moir said he im­me­di­ately sent the “save the date” cards and has been plan­ning their wed­ding ever since.

They were mar­ried on their prop­erty in Amelup last Satur­day with 420 guests present to wit­ness the mat­ri­mony.

“It was such a lovely day — all of it came to­gether very beau­ti­fully,” he said.

“When we got handed the mar­riage cer­tifi­cate — it seems like it’s a whole lot of fuss and bother over one piece of pa­per, but it is a very im­por­tant piece of pa­per for us,” he said.

Be­fore the SSM plebiscite re­sult was out, Mr Moir and Mr Lock had con­sid­ered elop­ing to New Zealand where same sex mar­riage was al­ready recog­nised.

How­ever, they were glad to cel­e­brate their spe­cial day on the farm where Mr Moir grew up with a view of the Stir­ling Range as the pic­turesque back­drop.

“It was a fairly emo­tional day for everyone,” he said.

“I got to the se­cond line of my speech and I can’t seem to hold my own tears.

“Even my father cried dur­ing his speech. It was an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence for everyone.”

The happy cou­ple tie the knot.

An­drew Moir and George Gee.

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