After almost a year since marriage equality became a reality in Australia, one of the strongest supporters David Pocock said he would not marry his female partner until same-sex marriage was legalised, last weekend he finally tied the knot, in the most low key way possible.
Pocock,30, is the Vice Captain of the ACT Brumbies rugby union team and a regular in the Australia Wallabies.
Back in 2013, the ACT Government amended marriage legislation to allow for same-sex marriages but Pocock refused to seal his own relationship legally until all his gay friends around the country could be afforded the same right.
Pocock and his partner Emma Palandri pledged in 2011 to not get married until same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.
Earlier in the year, the couple said they would organise “something low-key” given the federal Marriage Act had been amended.
Married my best mate yesterday 😊 pic.twitter.com/a4SDpbDys3
— David Pocock (@pocockdavid) December 2, 2018
Now a year on from the Marriage Act being amended, Pocock and Palandri have married in a simple ceremony in a park with Pocock sharing images on Twitter with the simple message “Married my best mate yesterday.”
Pictures of the vows being taken with just a celebrant and an esky was a typically beautiful Aussie wedding.
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Married my best mate yesterday 😊 Say yes to grace! Say no to spite! Say yes to this! Say yes to you! Say yes to me! Say yes to love! Say yes to life! Say, say yes to life! I hope we can live into the words of Rilke: “The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.”