Gallery: Same-Sex “TV wedding” on Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight

By David Knox on March 28, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 9

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.

9 Comments »

  1. Mac March 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm -

    Yup, the fact that it’s not legal is the point. Good luck and congratulations to the couples involved!

  2. Mr. J March 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm -

    Sounds like a great idea, and so good to see the sensitivities around the topic appear to be long gone. But they couldn’t have waited one more week away from please marry my boy finale? 1mil more viewers up for grabs.

  3. Jas March 28, 2012 at 10:53 am -

    Up against Please Marry My Boy? What a horrible show that is. I know which one I’d rather watch…and I’m not usually a fan of tv weddings.

  4. jezza the first original one March 28, 2012 at 10:01 am -

    Anyone spotted that this show is up against the season finale of Please Marry my Boy. Its marriage overload….mmm could be a dvd night

  5. wf March 28, 2012 at 9:43 am -

    @J Bar… Yes, it’s not legal that is the point!!!

    Seriously, gay people pay just as much tax as straight people, why shouldn’t they have the same rights as straight people. Its 2012, so many countries have legalised same sex marriage, I can’t believe we are even still discussing this in Australia. I will be watching :)

  6. David Knox March 28, 2012 at 9:21 am -

    I noted this as “TV history” which still stands. I also think the point is about reflecting changes in social acceptance. American TV had a black President before a real one was inducted. This won’t change it alone but signs of a broader audience acceptance is part of what influences politicians.

  7. J Bar March 28, 2012 at 9:07 am -

    But it’s not legal so what’s the point?

  8. monk March 28, 2012 at 8:40 am -

    Technically, noonewas married. So no history was made.

  9. MillerT1 March 28, 2012 at 8:34 am -

    Haven’t watched In Gordon Street Tonight for over a year now but I might come back and watch this episode just to see how it goes.

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