Rachel and Amanda want to stay married

AS wife and wife, Amanda and Rachel Gilmore have something rare in the gay and lesbian community - a legal marriage.

The pair didn't find a way around the laws banning two people of the same gender marrying in Australia, it's just that one of them was a man when they tied the knot.

Rachel was the groom at the Brisbane pair's wedding but has since changed gender, although legally Rachel remains a "he".

"I could get my name changed on my birth certificate but I can't get my gender changed," she said.

"They would expect me to divorce my wife to change my gender marker - their own rules don't acknowledge the sanctity of marriage."

RALLY: Amanda and Rachel Gilmore at the rally at Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore.
RALLY: Amanda and Rachel Gilmore at the rally at Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore. Patrick Woods

Rachel was one of a series of speakers at a Valentine's Day rally at Cotton Tree Park yesterday, attended by about 100 people, calling for Australia's politicians to just get on with enshrining marriage equality into law.

Other speakers at the event included Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Sunshine Coast councillor Jason O'Pray, among others.

Rachel said she spoke about the high suicide rate in the LGBTQI community, saying the ability "to marry who you bloody love" would reduce the deaths.

She said Australian society was more accepting now of different genders than it had been.

"I have noticed the change since I came out and that was 16 years ago," she said.

"I don't get half the harassment that I used to.

"People are accepting it. We just need to get a government that doesn't want to waste $160 million (on a plebiscite) when they could just sit there in parliament, which they get paid for, and sign one of the Bills."


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