What wonderful news. Australian Actor Tim Campbell and singer Anthony Callea were married in New Zealand under the recently instated same sex marriage laws. We couldn't be happier for them!
In NZ same sex marriage is legal so the two love birds said 'I do' surrounded by loved ones knowing their nuptials were binding in NZ. Anthony, 31, and Tim, 39, have been together for seven years and announced their engagement to the public three months ago via Women's Day. "We were sitting on the couch and i was on my second scotch and Tim was on his first white wine and we made the decision there and then," Callea said.
Anthony shared this wonderful news over Instagram this morning. "It's extra special today as @timcampbelltwit and I get to share the news we are married! ... Yep, he liked it, and definitely put a ring on it!"
These gorgeous guys powered through their wedding planning and in three short months organised a spectacular and private destination wedding. They decided to get married in NZ knowing that same-sex marriage was recognised there.
New Zealand was the first country in the Asian-pacific region to legalise same-sex marriage and the 13th country in the world to pass marriage equality legislation.
ABC.net.au at the time wrote:
The bill, which passed 77 votes to 44, redefines marriage as a union between two people, rather than a man and woman.
National Party prime minister John Key backed the legislation, which was introduced by Labour MP Louisa Wall. Ms Hall says the law change has widespread public support, particularly among young people.She says it shows just how far public opinion has come in New Zealand.
In total, leaders of seven of the country’s eight political parties supported the change.
It is due to take effect within four months, which means gay couples will be able to legally wed in New Zealand as early as August.
The law change would also open the door for married gay couples to adopt children.
Some of the other countries that recognise same-sex marriage are:
- New Zealand, 2013
- Uruguay, 2013
- Denmark, 2012
- Argentina, 2010
- Portugal, 2010
- Iceland, 2010
- Sweden, 2009
- Norway, 2009
- South Africa, 2006
- Spain, 2005
- Canada, 2005
- Belgium, 2003
- The Netherlands, 2000
So for hundreds of couples like Anthony and Tim there are a number of wedding destination options. A short skip and a jump and couples are on to wedding planning bliss in beautiful destinations like Canada, The Neverlands or New Zealand.
Whilst I'd love to say it was legal in places like Australia, hopefully it won't be long before we join the bandwagon. Unfortunately until then the destination marriages won't be recognised when they return home.
So, after getting hitched the newlyweds flew back to Melbourne to celebrate this joyous occasion with family and friends at a dinner party at Melbourne's Crown Casino. Speaking to Woman's Day about the two-day adventure, Tim said "It was so magical and so beautiful. It was actually quite incredible... it turned into a ridiculously fun cocktail party with Laurent-Perrier champagne and martinis".
Anthony shot to stardom after being runner up in the 2004 series of Australian Idol and has since produced chart topping hits and worked on the Australian production of musicals Wicked and Grease. Tim is a former House Husbands actor who previously starred in the Australian iconic drama Home and Away.
Congratulations. We wish them all the happiness in the world.