Same Sex Marriages
Same Sex Marriage Celebrant - A Marriage is a Marriage!
I am a registered civil celebrant based in Nowra, and enjoy performing marriage ceremonies for male and female couples in the Shoalhaven and South Coast region of NSW.
With same sex marriage becoming legal on December 9th. 2017, civil celebrants were expecting an influx in ceremonies. Perhaps in the city centres there was a greater uptake of the new law but not so in the regional areas. In general, civil celebrants conducted approx. 79% of all hetro marriages in 2018….. while conducting nearly ALL same sex marriages.
Of the 119,188 marriages conducted in 2018, The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released its findings that only 5.5% were for same sex couples. Certainly not the crazy bonanza we were all expecting!
As the new same sex law came into being, civil celebrants were given the option to conduct such marriages or not. A number of those with firm beliefs chose not to conduct same sex marriages and were advised to advertise their preferences by a certain date. Same sex couples can now clearly see which celebrants will suit them and contact those with whom they will feel comfortable.
In 2018, I proudly conducted 2 same sex marriages for female clients who had been living together for many years and wanted to take advantage of the new law. In 2019, among other services, I enjoyed performing a marriage ceremony between two beautiful young South Coast ladies. In 2020 I am looking forward to celebrating marriages also between male clients.
These ceremonies confirm the fact that same sex couples simply want to be considered as entitled to the same privileges as the rest of society..….the freedom to marry the person they love without judgement. Many have been living together for years and rejoiced in the news that they could marry if they wish and have their union legally conducted and registered. I look forward to helping more same sex couples formalise their relationships.