Over 20 Years: Equal Marriage
There is no quality like experience
It is a very exciting time to be a marriage celebrant. There have been many changes in law and in the marriage celebrant program, and indeed in the profile of the celebrant profession itself.
We stand at the threshold of the accepted notion of what it means to be married. No longer can we accept the status quo of marriage being only for heterosexual couples and a compromise ceremony for LGBTI members of the community.
A marriage ceremony is not only founded on legal implications but its function is to give formal expression to serious intent and to have this recognised and registered without compromise.
One thing remains unaltered: marriage is about the commitment of two people to each other in love and respect. I am convinced of the truth I first wrote about the opportunity of marriage:
“… married life is a shared life, which, generous and sincere, allows a richer future of burdens shared and increased joy … where forgiveness and open communication play a part, marriage will stand up to all the stresses inevitable in life. It is an enduring bond – it does not change under pressure. It is constant and true and knows no measures or conditions.”
As your celebrant it is my role to give you as much choice in the wording of your ceremony as possible so that the tone and style you envisage for the day is honoured; it is also my role to ensure that everything is said and heard according to law.
The vows that you make to each other are the foundation of your wedding day, the foundation of your lives together – and it would be my privilege to be witness to them.