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The Mercury – “Tassie gays web offshore” by Damien Brown

A LESBIAN couple has travelled more than 13,000km to marry because Australian laws do not recognise same-sex marriages.

Davina and Beck Storer are furious at being forced to travel to the other side of the world for the ceremony.

The couple travelled to Canada in June where they married during a low-key service in Vancouver.

"It wasn’t the big white frock if that is what you are asking, it was just two beautiful women in beautiful dresses committing to share the rest of their lives together," Ms Storer said.

"We chose Canada solely for the reason they would legally marry us, and you don’t have to be a citizen.

"But it is sad that we have to travel to another country to do this instead of here at home with our family and friends.

"We are no different to anyone, we are two people in love, so why should we be treated differently?"

It is every little girl’s dream to walk down the aisle and Ms Storer said she was no different.

"We could have had an informal ceremony here but it meant a lot to us to be officially recognised.

"This is not just about the gay or lesbian couple either, it also affects our friends and more importantly our families."

The dream ended when the couple returned to Australia where their marriage is no longer officially recognised.

Ms Storer said Canadians were astounded that Australian laws were so backward.

"To not acknowledge our love and commitment and treat us as equals is a real slap in the face," she said.

"I believe my love and my commitment is no different to any other marriage — why should we be any different?"

The issue will be discussed at the Australian Labor Party’s National Conference, being held in Sydney, ahead of rallies to be held around the country this weekend in support of gay marriage.

And the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group will launch a petition promoting same-sex marriages at the group’s stall at Salamanca Market today.

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