As of Thursday, 7th December 2017 @ 3pm (western time) the law was changed to accept that marriage should be between two consenting adults regardless of their gender. This was a momentous day for all those people who struggled and fought long and hard for equal rights for the LGBTQI Community.
The following is from a media release by Senator The Hon George Brandis, (former) Attorney General:
“The right to marry in Australia will no longer be determined by sex or gender. Marriage will now be defined in the Marriage Act 1961 as the ‘union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. Same-sex couples now have the same rights under the Marriage Act as all other couples.
These historic reforms will commence on Saturday 9 December 2017.
As from Saturday, same-sex couples will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage to commence the one month minimum notice period
required before the solemnisation of marriages under the Marriage Act.
Under the new laws, ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants will be able to act in accordance with their religious beliefs about marriage.”
So, from the 9th December 2017 for the first time ever, same sex couples will be able to lodge their Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form, meaning that the first date you can legally be married is the 9th January 2018.
Love is Love
I have flown the flag (symbol) with the amalgamation of the rainbow, the equals sign and the two rings which all symbolise marriage equality since the first day that I became a celebrant and will continue to fly it so that there is not a doubt in anybody’s mind that they can feel safe to contact with me without fear of prejudice, judgement or exclusion.
The Celebrants Network Inc
I am also very proud to say that I belong to The Celebrants Network Inc, a progressive celebrant association who wholeheartedly supports marriage equality.