They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark’s legalisation of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname, Axgil, a combination of their given names, as an expression of their commitment. Axel died on October 29 this year. Eigil died in 1995. The couple had already been together 40 years at the time of their partnership registration.
Although the couple were legally wed in Massachusetts and have lived together for 19 years in San Francisco, Makk is being deported to his native Australia. It is time to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.
Percy Stevens and Roger Lockyer, December 21, 2005
The couple was together nearly 40 years before they were able to enter a legally recognized civil partnership. I recently featured them here, but I thought they were so cute that I’m running a second picture of them.