Same-sex marriage expected to be legalised today

Kristy Miller and Rachelle Miller with their children Nixon and Zahli. Picture: Simon Bennett
Kristy Miller and Rachelle Miller with their children Nixon and Zahli. Picture: Simon Bennett

“Today could be the day”.

That was the first thought that entered Kristy Millers’ mind when she woke up this morning.

Mrs Millers first appeared in the Advertiser six years ago when she spoke about her prospects of legally marrying her partner Rachelle.

Since then Mrs Millers has been one of, if not the most, outspoken Macarthur local on the issue.

The Appin residents – who now have two children, Nixon and Zahli – tied the knot in Thailand in 2011, however their nuptials have never been officially recognised in Australia.

That is expected to change today with federal MPs poised to legalise same-sex marriage.

Supporters of marriage equality have already gathered on the lawns of parliament in Canberra in anticipation of the announcement.

Mrs Millers said she was hopeful Australia would follow the lead of the 25 countries which have legalised same-sex marriage.

“My first conversation today was with my wife. I said ‘today could be the day babe, but don’t expect another ring’,” she said.

Mrs Millers hoped Thursday, December 7, 2017, would go down in history as a day where both legislation and attitudes changed – a day where “gay kids can start being the true version of themselves”.