Danielle Gillmeister and Kristal Johnston are happy the bill has passed.
Danielle Gillmeister and Kristal Johnston are happy the bill has passed. Kerry Thomas

Pair thrilled love recognised

DANIELLE Gillmeister attended a same-sex commitment ceremony in Agnes Water on the weekend.

It was lovely - minus the disclaimer from the celebrant.

"She said she had to state that it wasn't a marriage and that it wasn't a legally binding union," Danielle said.

"It spoiled it a little."

Still, Danielle and her girlfriend of three years, Kristal Johnston, are excited about the passing of the Civil Partnerships Bill.

The Observer broke the news to the couple via SMS yesterday morning.

"We didn't know until you texted to be honest.

"It's been long-awaited. We're excited to finally be recognised as being a couple in love," Kristal said.

Danielle echoed that.

"It's a big step in the right direction."



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