Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Boys in Blue Get Hitched at Bargara

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Boys in Blue Get Hitched at Bargara

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THE debate over gay marriage hasn't stopped Michael Pearce and Ronald Gabriel declaring their love for each other at Bargara.

The pair joined together in a civil union on July 30, exactly one year on from their first date.

Mr Pearce said the ceremony and reception were perfect, despite the fact he fell and broke a rib while turning on the bubble machine before walking down the aisle.

Now the couple is hoping the postal plebiscite will give the green light to gay marriage.

But Mr Pearce hasn't always been a supporter of the move. Growing up in a devout Lutheran household, Mr Pearce said he was always taught marriage was between a man and woman.

Even after discovering he was gay he thought the same thing.

"Growing up I wasn't a girly boy, even though I liked icing cakes and stuff with my mum," Mr Pearce said.

"I was brought up to marry and have children to continue the family name.

"I had girlfriends and went to dances and everything normal but it didn't feel right. …

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