From 9 December 2017, marriage in Australia will be redefined as ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. The right to marry under Australian law will no longer be determined by sex or gender.
It will be legal for same-sex couples to marry in Australia. The usual requirements around giving a Notice of Intended Marriage continue to apply; the NOIM must be given at least one month prior to the wedding ceremony, unless a shortening of time has been obtained from a prescribed authority. The earliest a same‑sex couple can give a notice is 9 December 2017.
So how does this change your ceremony.
During your wedding ceremony, there are four things that must happen: I must introduce myself by name as an authorised celebrant; I must recite the legal Monitum and both parties must recite the legal Form of Vows as laid out in the Marriage Act; and the couple, two witnesses must sign the legal certificates.
The New Legal Wording:
“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you are married in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I must 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 two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”
“I call upon the people here present to witness that I, A.B., take you, C.D., to be my lawful wedded husband/wife/spouse.”
And now, I welcome the “happily married”!
Same sex marriage celebrant