Australia’s first gay marriage which lasted just 48 days has ended in heartbreak following the death of a partner who’s terminally ill.

Queensland woman Jo Grant died on January 30, which is less than two months after she got married to her partner of eight years, Jill Kindt, on December 15. 

They held a ceremony in the garden of their home on Australia’s northeast Sunshine Coast, Queensland state parliament heard on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held less than a week after the nation became the 26th country to recognise same sex unions.

The couple had avoided a 30-day waiting period and were granted exceptional circumstances to become Australia’s first married same sex couple following the passage of the marriage equality laws on December 9. 

Jo’s mum Sandra believes the marriage renewed Jo’s spirit, keeping her alive long enough to have one last Christmas with her family.’

Grant, who was in palliative care for a rare form of cancer, died on January 30.

The couple were one of 159 same sex couples who have been married in Queensland since the marriage equality laws were passed, according to the state government in a statement

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