Twelve days after making history in Western Australia’s first same-sex wedding, Perth woman Lyn Hawkins has tragically lost her battle with ovarian cancer.
Lyn met longtime partner Anne Sedgwick in 1979 and a year later the couple shared a commitment ceremony.
Last month, Lyn and Anne applied for an exemption to waive the required one month’s notice couples must give for a wedding in order for the couple to marry as soon as possible.
The couple tied the knot at one of their favourite restaurants in Western Australia’s Swan Valley in front of about 30 friends on December 17. Lyn passed away on December 29.
Anne told PerthNow that finally being able to make their marriage legal had meant so much to both of them.
“We had 38 years of basically being married in every way except legally,” Anne said.
“But these last 12 days, it’s made such a difference to the relationship, it just really cemented for us what marriage is about. The bond between us just grew and grew over those 12 days.
“She’ll be remembered now through our marriage, it’s on the records.”
Lyn was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer in September 2015, and after a harsh regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy she decided to stop all treatment in September last year.
Anne told PerthNow Lyn would be cremated and a gathering of friends would be held to celebrate Lyn’s life.
Same-sex couples were able to give their one month’s notice of their intention to wed from December 9, paving the way for a rush of weddings from January 9.
Last month, Melbourne cancer patient Cas Willow was granted a similar exemption to wed her partner Heather Richards at an emotional ceremony at her hospital.