COUPLE FIRST TO CELEBRATE WITH CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY


Stephen Thompson Jaime Kerr civil partnership ceremony

Jamie Kerr and Stephen Thompson are not getting any younger.

That’s why they decided to celebrate their love with a civil partnership ceremony on Saturday at Brisbane’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

They became the first couple in Queensland to do so since the restoration of state-sanctioned civil partnership ceremonies for both straight and same-sex couples which were axed by the Newman government in 2012.

“Stephen and I decided we would do the civil partnership union thing here and when full marriage equality comes in, we will just upgrade it,” Mr Kerr told the Brisbane Times.

“This partnership means public legal recognition of our relationship, we understand it is not full marriage equality but it is important to us.

“Marriage equality will happen here and hopefully in our lifetime, but I would like to be young enough and chipper enough to enjoy our day.”

The couple, both in their 60s and in a relationship for 21 years, were surprised to learn they were the first to request a civil partnership ceremony but it was “a step in the right direction”.

The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages has received three applications for the ceremony since it was restored and has registered a total of 92 civil partnerships.