Wednesday, February 13, 2019
On Monday, Australian gay icon and retired High Court Judge Michael Kirby married his partner of 50 years Johan van Vloten. Only for the last year have they been able to marry legally in Australia.
I offer them my heartiest congratulations. Love is love, after all and their love is enduring.
For a history of their relationship, check out this ABC article.
I learned of their wedding on Monday when I was at court. I was appearing for a gay couple who were seeking a surrogacy parentage order in their favour. To my amazement, one of the first things that the judge said (and he addressed my clients) was about the wedding. His Honour then went on to say that hearing those types of applications was the best part of his job.
I then mentioned that the child was named after the son and air. For the first time that I can ever recall in over 30 years of being in a courtroom, the musical Hair was cited. His Honour noted that one of the first dates undertaken by Michael Kirby and Johan van Vloten was to see Hair in Sydney and that of course one of its songs is “Let the Sun Shine In”.
The magic of that wedding between Michael Kirby and Johan van Vloten extended to that court hearing in Brisbane. What a joy!