This weekend I am celebrated my first wedding where I said the monitum and did not cringe inside. Where I didn’t have to include extra words to convey the support the couple and I felt about same sex marriage. Finally, legislation has changed!
The most provocative part of a wedding, until yesterday, was the monitum. The monitum is one of the few compulsory requirements during a ceremony that a celebrant must say at the wedding before the vows to ensure it is legal.
Before this past Saturday, the monitum was:
“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 a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
No longer will I be embarrassed to say the monitum, as the At...