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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grieving Houghton man says dead husband's organs will be donated so their love can live on

Chronicle Live | Lisa Hutchinson
Marco Bulmer-Rizzi with late husband David
So deep was their love that when South Australia authorities refused to recognise their same sex marriage it caused world-wide contempt.

But now, after the Premier of South Australia state Jay Weatherill apologised to Marco Bulmer-Rizzi and has promised to put measures in place to prevent this from happening again, Marco has told how he is donating David’s organs so their love can live on.

The couple, from Houghton-le-Spring, had flown to the opposite side of the world on honeymoon after marrying in London last year.

But tragedy struck when David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, fell down the stairs while staying at a friend’s house and died last Saturday.

When Marco went to register the death he was left distraught when told their same-sex marriage was not recognised by the South Australian state and that the death certificate would say “never married”.

And after Marco’s protests, SA Premier Mr Weatherill phoned him to personally apologise and pledged to change the law so the state would recognise overseas marriage and to provide the grieving husband with a new death certificate stating David’s correct marital status. Continue reading
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