I support Marriage Equality. As a celebrant I am in a unique, and privileged position to witness the celebration of love between a couple, formally, legally, and in the company of family and friends. It is unfortunate that same-sex couples do not currently have the opportunity to experience this joyous moment.
The following statement, known as the Monitum, is currently legally required to be read by the celebrant during an Australian wedding ceremony:
“I am a duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
It's not uncommon for couples to request to change the wording to be more inclusive... Unfortunately I cannot. However, in a small way of progressing forward… here’s a few words you might like to consider adding to your ceremony…
“However, Beth and John look forward to a day when marriage is a right any couple can share”
“Beth & John support marriage equality, and they look forward to the day when marriage is a human right which any consenting couple in love can share.”
“Beth and John have requested that I read out a short statement of their own.They believe that any two people should be able to make the commitment to stand up and publicly declare their love in front of their friends and family. The ability to do this should be legally recognised by the state, as a responsibility, a privilege, and as a basic human right.Beth and John believe that this right should be available to all couples, and hope that one day soon this will change for the better.”
I look forward to the day that we no longer have to ‘add’ to the Monitum.
Love is all there is.