On the 7th of December 2017 the Australian Government finally passed a law that allowed same sex couples to marry, giving all couples the same rights when it comes to immediate recognition of their relationship, overseas marriage, family, spousal maintenance, divorce, next of kin and property settlement.
This has been a long and arduous struggle for LGBTQI people, their families and friends as well as all those Australians who have simply supported equality, and we are finally here.
As of the 9th December 2017, all celebrants will start to use the new marriage documents and will say the new words “Marriage, in Australia, is a union of TWO PEOPLE, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life” rather than the growingly unpopular “union of a man and a woman”.
I think this is fabulous. It’s inclusive, it’s embracing and it makes me happy.
So if you are in a same sex relationship and you’d like to get married – then go for it!
Firstly you will need to make sure that:
* you are both 18+ (in special cases whereby one partner is 16+ and the other is 18+ you can apply for court approval)
* you’re not legally married to anyone else (this now applies to same sex marriages performed overseas as they are now automatically recognised in Australia)
* you both consent to the marriage
* you have given your celebrant at least one month and no more than 18 months notice (starting from the 9th December 2017)
* you are able to provide ID that proves a) where and when you were born and b) you are who you say you are (ie: passport or birth certificate & driver’s licence)
** If you have been legally married before, you will need to provide an original copy of the divorce or death certificate proving the end of that marriage.
You complete a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form and lodge it with your celebrant – this is when you show all the ID and other necessary documents.
You wait at least one month and then you get married.
On the day of your marriage ceremony your celebrant will explain to you, your witnesses and your guests who they are and that they are authorised by law to solemnise your marriage and they will also remind you that the binding relationship you are about to enter is serious and for real.
(These two lovely ladies will be my first ever legal same sex ceremony participants – they lodged their form on Saturday, and will be married on the earliest day possible – the 9th January)
You and your partner will say the following words:
“I ask the people here present to witness that I, (your name), take you, (your partner’s name), to be my lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse”
You can of course add your own personal vows and promises and there are thousands of ways to make your ceremony unique to the two of you.
That’s where your celebrant comes in….. We get together and we get to know each other and discuss all your ideas and then the perfect ceremony is created just for you.
If you’d like some more information, to book your special date or you’d just like to chat, then please get in contact:
Shell Brown – Marriage Celebrant
Mobile: 0408 490 074