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Byline: Emma McBryde emma.mcbryde@capnews.com.au

CHAMPAGNE, a moonlight stroll and a sparkling diamond ring.

It was every girl's dream engagement a with a twist.

Leaning on one knee Gemma Mann stared lovingly into the face of her partner and asked her if they could spend the rest of their lives together.

When the 33-year-old proposed to her partner in October, the two women rejoiced at the idea of formalising their long-term relationship, despite their beliefs it could only be a symbolic gesture a at best a commitment ceremony.

But with the passing of the Civil Partnerships Bill in State Parliament, Gemma and her partner, who chose not to be named, can now go that step further.

aWe think it's excellent, it's a step in the right direction,a Gemma said. aWe are just happy we can get it formalised.a

aAnd it meant (my partner) could get a diamond ring . …