The first civil partnership registrations in Queensland have taken place this morning with a number of couples getting in early at the Brisbane Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages to record their union.

Among the first to register was the couple that featured in the controversial Queensland Healthy Communities’ Rip ‘N Roll safe sex campaign poster, Michael James and Anthony Gillespie.

“We are both excited to be a part of history being made in Queensland,” said James.

“This has been a long time coming and is a very firm step in the right direction for full equality.”

As well as the happy couples, there were many supporters and well-wishers on hand to celebrate the historic occasion, including Brisbane Central Labor MP Grace Grace.

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The Queensland Government announced earlier this month that same-sex couples would be able to have civil union ceremonies from March 5, with registrations starting from today.

The fast-tracking of the legislation, passed last year, was an attempt to put an end to a threat by Liberal National Part (LNP) leader Campbell Newman to scrap the reforms if elected in the March 24 state poll.

Queensland equal rights advocate Phil Browne said it was a great day for Queensland.

“This is great recognition that Queensland values all its citizens.” said Browne.

“How true is the saying, that love conquers all.”

Photos: Ross Chrystall

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