How to express views on marriage equality in your ceremony
- December 21, 2017
- Posted by: Rose Training Australia
- Category: Marriage
Australians can finally breathe a sigh of relief. We’re victorious! Love has been a battlefield for many Australians who until now, were unable to express their love through marriage. The government has waved the white flag and marriage in Australia is no longer affected by sex or gender. The same sex marriage debate has finally come to an end, and marriage celebrants are called upon to not only celebrate love, but also a victory in human rights.
While we may have won the battle, the hardships faced by so many should not be forgotten. Many couples may wish to express their ongoing views for marriage equality, and you can assist them in doing so through your celebrancy speech, the formation of their vows, or through visual aspects of their wedding.
How will equity be evident in marriage?
As of December 9, 2017, the Marriage Amendment Act will change the definition of marriage, acknowledging marriage equality in Australia. A celebrant was previously required to state that, “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.”
The monitum will now read, “Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
By explaining the nature of the marriage inclusively, the celebrant is essentially acknowledging marriage equality in Australia. As the celebrant, if you wish to further reinforce outstanding views on marriage equality you can legally include an extended statement after the monitum. This statement could be along the lines of “It is your firm belief that the choice to marry should be available to everyone, regardless of sex or gender.”
While marriage ceremony requirements have now adapted to the new laws, some couples may wish to further express their views on marriage equality with more moving words or visuals.
Equality in vows
If marriage equality was a detriment to couples in the past, or if it’s simply an issue that hits close to home, they may consider expressing their thoughts through their vows. As the celebrant, you can guide couples in conveying this through words.
Social media is the new age wedding album and photos of everyone’s special day can flood through online platforms in an instant. Hashtags are commonly used, and some couples may wish to promote the use of a human rights hashtag at their wedding.
Become more than just a celebrant
Celebrating same sex marriage, and having the power to marry couples regardless of sex, shows your commitment to human rights in Australia. If you’re interested in becoming a marriage celebrant, take a look at Rose training’s celebrancy course. Start your journey as a same sex marriage celebrant today!