Australia Has Officially Legalise Same-Sex Marriage
Finally a big well done to Australia and congratulations to the LGBT community.
The law was passed on both houses of Parliament on 7th of December 2017 and came into effect on 9th of December. The passage of law followed a voluntary postal survey of all Australians, in which 61.6% of respondents supported same-sex marriage. Australia has officially become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage. It’s been thirteen years after changing the Marriage Act to forbid same-sex unions, federal politicians voted to undo the last major piece of discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians.
“This is a big victory,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, which led the campaign for marriage equality in the United States. “It is a huge affirmation of the dignity of gay people in yet another country, and that will reverberate in the lives of people across Australia and the world.”
It has been a long road but democracy has won. It is now fair, legal and accepting for all walks of life in Australia to love one another and be united in marriage not based on gender. Love was never gender based in the dictionary and marriage was actually never stipulated to be between a man and a woman only until religion and laws came along. Being a celebrant who has done many “same sex commitment ceremonies”, it now gives me great honour and pleasure to be able to actually “MARRY” these same sex and LGBT couples legally. No longer will I have to state by law “marriage according to the law in Australia is between a MAN and a WOMAN, to the exclusion of all others”, it has been changed to “marriage according to the law in Australia is between a two persons, to the exclusion of all others”
It is now a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your existing relationship and publicly affirm your commitment to one another.