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ARE YOU A STRAIGHT COUPLE THAT ARE GETTING MARRIED?

Your wedding is a great opportunity to talk about marriage equality. Why not have your celebrant gently mention marriage equality in your wedding ceremony? Below are a few examples but feel free to chop and change to make it your own – it’s your wedding after all.

OPTION 1:
As requested by PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2, I think that’s a good time to pause for a moment and reflect on those couples in committed loving relationships, who cannot get married under current marriage law. Our thoughts are with them on this special day.

OPTION 2:
Well, that’s what the legal wording says. But PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 have asked me to pause for a moment so we can all spare a thought for those among their family and friends who would like to get married, but are unable to do so under current marriage law. Our thoughts are with them on this special day.

OPTION 3:
So what are we waiting for? Well PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 have asked to me to pause for a moment, so we can all keep in mind those who ARE waiting to be married – but cannot do so under current marriage law. Special days like this belong to two people who love each other – irrespective of religion, race, gender or sexuality.

OPTION 4:
PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 would like to acknowledge that they believe any strong, loving and healthy relationship deserves to be  recognised and celebrated. It is not so much whom you love, but rather how you nurture and treasure that love which is important. We look forward to the day when all couples have the opportunity and choice to marry in Australia.

OPTION 5:
Having said these formal words, the bride and groom have also requested that I read out a short statement of their own:

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 believe that the highest expression of commitment that two people can make is to stand up and publicly declare their love in front of their friends, their family and their God. The ability to do this, and to be legally recognised by the state, is a solemn responsibility, a privilege, and much more. It is a basic human right.

PARTNER 1 and PARTNER 2 believe that this right should be available to all couples, be they man and woman, man and man, woman and woman or any combination, variation or permutation thereof.

In a just world, all people would be free to celebrate their commitment and be recognised in the eyes of the law. While this is not the case in Australia today, they remain hopeful that, one day soon, this will change for the better.


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