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Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge Sees First Same Sex Wedding

The couple took their vows in front of family and friends gathered on the structure dubbed the "coat hanger", 134 metres (439 feet) above the city's main harbour, two days before the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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Updated:March 1, 2018, 9:57 AM IST
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Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge Sees First Same Sex Wedding
Warren Orlandi and Pauly Phillips exchange rings as they became the first same-sex couple to marry atop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, just two days out from the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, in Australia, March 1, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
Sydney: They met in passing while trying to lose weight but on Thursday Australian men Warren Orlandi and Pauly Phillips made history by becoming the first same sex couple to get married on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The couple took their vows in front of family and friends gathered on the structure dubbed the "coat hanger", 134 metres (439 feet) above the city's main harbour, two days before the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The wedding is a fitting personal milestone for Orlandi especially. When he began losing weight in 2013 he was more than 370 kgs (815 lbs) and set himself the goal of being fit enough to climb the famous bridge.

He ultimately lost more than 250 kgs (551 lbs).

Australia became the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage in December 2017, a watershed moment in a country where some states held homosexual activity to be illegal until twenty years ago.

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