I support Marriage Equality. A highlight of my career as a Canberra Civil Marriage Celebrant, was conducting 11 of the 31 same sex marriages that took place in the ACT in December 2013. The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act was over turned by the High Court, but there was a five day period when same sex marriages could legally take place in the ACT. It was a very special time and I felt privileged to have had a small role to play in the history of human rights in this country.
December 9th 2017 will be a day remembered by all the LGBTIQ community. I rejoice that all couples, committed to a future together, will now be able to share in the joy of being married in Australia.
After more than a thousand weddings nothing really fazes me.
Forgotten rings … we managed beautifully, the groom borrowed his dad’s and the bride borrowed her mum’s, a special moment for them all.
Dogs in attendance… of course, they are part of the family, just remember to take them early, so they can have a good sniff around and do what dogs do well before the ceremony.
Small children in the wedding party… always gorgeous, if they get it right they are clever and if they get it wrong and do their own thing, they are cute.
Crying babies… we pause while they have a cuddle.
Crying brides… we just have a tissue break.
Crying grooms… even better and every woman present falls a little bit in love with them.