41 couples from across Australia have participated in a ‘Mass Same-Sex TV Wedding’ with Adam Hills as a TV celebrant.
The couples from Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT, gathered at the Gordon St studios on Monday night for ABC1′s pre-recorded episode of Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight.
While there’s nothing legally binding about the event, it has been cheekily likened to other TV weddings including Scott & Charlene, Brendan and Molly, and Harold and Madge.
The vows comprise a collection of suggestions from the couples, sprinkled with a dose of Hills’ humour and end with a wedding kiss.
“Today we stand before the world and say our love is precious, pure, true and worthy of recognition,” said Hills.
“If anybody has just cause why these couples should not wed, and you haven’t already contacted the ABC over the past 8 weeks, speak now or forever hold your peace.”
Organist extraordinaire Barry Morgan and singer Adam Ant helped the proceedings, while guests Hamish Blake, Noni Hazlehurst and Shannon Bennett joined with Dave O’Neill and Hannah Gadsby.
The idea for the wedding emerged from Hills asking his audience in February, “If you were Prime Minister for a day, what law would you change/introduce?”
Many said they would legalise same-sex marriage.
The episode airs at 8:30pm tonight on ABC1.