The first anniversary of the marriage equality vote has been celebrated in Tasmania but campaigners and doctors say there is still a way to go for equality.
Equality Tasmania spokesperson Rodney Croome said he was particularly proud Tasmania’s yes vote was above the national average.
"We didn't want a postal survey but groups like Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality rose to the challenge and love won out,” Mr Croome said.
“A year on and the sky didn’t fall in as many no campaigners predicted.
“Australia is a more inclusive and equal place but there is still inequality and discrimination that needs to be removed from the law, including against transgender people.”
About 60 people toasted love and equality in Hobart, including LGBTI campaigner Todd Harper who said November 15, 2017 would be forever etched in his memory.
“It was a day I will never forget,” Mr Harper said.
“When I was growing up in Launceston in the late 1980s and realised I was gay, I was determined to do my best to see my dream of one day getting married come true.
“It was always something I dreamed of.”
Mr Harper will next year marry his partner of 19 years.
Olivia Hogarth, formerly of Burnie and Rebecca Dorgelo, who was born in Scottsdale, were married on October 20.
The couple had been engaged for three years before tying the knot.
“It was pretty significant to be able to share the moment with family and friends,” Ms Hogarth said.
“It was not a question of if but when it would happen and we are glad it has.
“While marriage equality is exciting there are still people who don’t have equality in the LGBTIQ community and they still suffer stigma.”
Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone said the AMA argued strongly for marriage equality, recognising the significant mental and physical health consequences of discrimination on LGBTIQ Australians.
“The AMA is proud to have been a strong voice supporting marriage equality during such an historic campaign, although we acknowledge that the campaign itself was a time of distress and trauma for many LGBTIQ Australians,” he said.
“One year on, there is still a long way to go, with LGBTIQ Australians continuing to suffer higher levels of mental illness and suicidality than the general population. The AMA supports an end to all forms of discrimination against LGBTIQ Australians.”
More than 4,500 same-sex couples have married in Australia since marriage equality legislation passed the Australian Parliament in December 2017.
Premier Will Hodgman said the anniversary was of significant importance for the nation and the LGBTI community.
“The latest statistics show that since December 2017 more than 120 same-sex marriage registrations have been lodged in Tasmania,” Mr Hodgman said.
“This shows how important the change has been to Tasmanians.”