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...
This post is nothing original. You can read a myriad of newspaper articles explaining what each political parties stance is on same sex marriage. But here is my two cents worth, for those who may not have the chance to read up before election day this Saturday, but may like to check facebook!!
Tony Abbott made his intentions clear. He was dead set against same sex marriage despite having a lesbian sister who wants to get married. Malcolm Turnbull, the moderate of the Liberals was once full of hope as his personal opinion seemed to be pro legalising same sex marriage. But alas, there has been no further progress. Should the Liberals get elected again, they are floating the idea of a plebiscite.
A plebiscite is a public vote that resembles more of a poll than a referendum because it is not legally binding and doesn't effect the constitution, even if there is an overwhelming majority. It costs a lot of money (we are talking estimates of $160 m...