Uplifting Video Proves That Marriage Is More Than Just a Piece of Paper

The Australian government voided the unions of these same-sex couples a year ago. To recognize their commitment, people from all over are wishing them a happy anniversary.
Dec 7, 2014·
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.

Here’s an easy way to support LGBT rights this week: Wish these couples a happy anniversary.

Dec. 7, 2013, marked the first day in Australia’s history that same-sex couples could get married. Thirty-one pairs tied the knot within the next five days before the government overturned the decision and voided the marriages. A year later, they want to celebrate anyway—and so does the rest of the world.

GLAAD, a nonprofit that works to advance the LGBT community through the media, set in motion a global campaign called #5DaysOfEquality to recognize the couples’ commitment.

“It’s now the one-year anniversary for these couples, time to remind them that we recognize their marriages and celebrate their anniversary,” reads the organization’s website.

People from Australia and other countries, including some of the couples themselves, have been tweeting words of support and anniversary wishes using the hashtag #5DaysOfEquality:

GLAAD will pick the most “moving messages” and print them on letter-pressed cards to be sent to the 31 couples.

Though it’s still illegal to be gay in 79 countries—with many inflicting harsh punishments, including flogging or stoning to death—efforts such as this are reason to hope.

“Equality starts with personal stories,” GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told Mashable. “For the 31 couples in Australia whose marriages were robbed from them, we want them to know that there are many people across the globe who recognize and celebrate their love and commitment. By sharing their stories, we can show people around the world the importance of marriage protections for all loving couples.”