- After spending years waiting for the right to marry her partner of eight years a woman has died less than two months after her wedding
- Jill Kindt and Jo Grant married on 15 December, 2017 and Grant died on 30 January, 2018
- The pair were given permission to avoid a 30-day waiting period after marriage between them became legal in their country, allowing them to be the first to get married
While Jill Kindt was able to marry her partner of eight years, Jo Grant, before losing her to cancer. She is now a widow, even as the memories of the garden wedding ceremony she and her wife shared in December, less than a week after their country became the 26th in the world to legally recognise the marriage between them, are still fresh in her mind.
Grant had been in palliative care for a rare form of cancer, died on January 30.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Australian women were granted an exceptional circumstances waiver of a statutory 30-day waiting period allowing them to marry very soon after the passage of the country’s marriage equality laws on 9 December, 2017.
While lesbian and gay marriage has been legal in South Africa since the Civil Union Act came into force on 30 November 2006, many other countries around the world are still catching up legally by allowing people to marry their life partners, regardless of their gender.
The couple were one of 159 homosexual couples who have been married in Queensland since the marriage equality laws were passed, according to the state government in a statement.
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