20130819_101627Same-sex marriage officially became legal at 8:30am this morning in New Zealand, as couples across the Land of the Long White Cloud prepare to celebrate their love’s legal recognition for the first time.

Trent Kandler and Paul McCarthy (pictured), who won our Making History competition back in July, are among the first couples to tie the knot, exchanging vows at 9:30 this morning in the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington. Trent and Paul first met 11 years ago in Newcastle and have been together ever since.

Meanwhile, Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is getting hitched at 30,000 feet, marrying his longtime partner Justin Mikita on an Air New Zealand flight today. Ferguson and Mikita first married in New York last month.

293 domestic same-sex couples lodged marriage forms as soon as they could be legally accepted, with 30 Australian couples also applying.

Congratulations New Zealand, from all of us at the Star Observer.

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