In the many, many, many years gay couples were forced to sit through the weddings of their friends and families – knowing full well the opportunity wasn’t there for them – a tiny but blinding reminder would echo through the ceremony.
“Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman.”
That 15-word line, part of a three-sentence statement called the “monitum”, was a necessary evil and legality. The wedding of the couple in question wasn’t legal until it was said, proving to be a contentious, insulting but mandatory part of every wedding ceremony.
But now, as of today, same-sex marriage is legal in Australia. On Friday, The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove signed off on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017.
Australians can marry who they love - because all love is equal.
And so, with that, comes a new monitum.
It will look and sound exactly like this:
I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.
Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to 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.
The union of two people to the exclusion of all others.
Just how it always should have been.
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