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A hemmed square of silk fabric, with decorative design divided into two equal triangles, one triangle design consisting of a white and blue floral design on a royal blue background, the other triangle design featuring a fine geometric print in white on a royal blue background.
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Male handkerchief
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L260 x W250mm
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This collection of wedding-related clothing, accessories, photographs and ephemera, donated by Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan, is of significant historical and social importance in the history of Australia’s marriage legislation and in the narrative of Australia’s, and especially Queensland’s, legal, social and political journey towards marriage equality.

On December 7, 2016, following an overwhelmingly positive response to an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey, the Australian parliament, almost unanimously, legislated to pass a bill to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry. The passage of the bill, Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, followed years of activism and political lobbying.

In January 2018, in a civil ceremony attended by their families and closest friends, Queensland athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan made their vows to one another, exchanged rings and were legally married. Timing the service to say ‘I do’ just moments after midnight on 9 January 2018, Craig and Luke became the first Queensland same-sex couple to be married after the Parliament of Australia Marriage Amendment Act 2017 allowing same-sex couples to marry came into effect.

Craig, a XXI Commonwealth Games baton bearer, four hundred metre National Champion and four time Australia representative and his partner, also a track athlete, Luke, met in 2014 and became engaged in March 2016 after Luke accepted a marriage proposal by Craig at a secluded beach near Byron Bay. Their wedding at ‘Summergrove Estate’, Tweed Heads, was also one of the first same-sex weddings in Australia, due to the time differences that exist between Eastern and Western Australia and also summer daylight saving differences between New South Wales and Queensland.
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