Formal recognition of same sex relationships is now recognised and available to the GLBTIQ community from the 9th January 2018.
Finally, ALL people in Australia are able to celebrate a marriage ceremony - yee haa!!
GLBTIQ couples have been forging their own path by creating meaningful rituals for themselves for many years. Commitment ceremonies have been publicly celebrating love and relationships declaring their loving partnership through a commitment ceremony shared with family and friends for many years and now - finally - these can be recognised in law.
It has been my privilege to conduct many same-sex ceremonies and will work with past couples to formalise their relationship according to the Marriage Act 1961.
So now, a commitment ceremony is just that - a wonderful celebration that couples might choose to hold to bring together family and friends to publicly recognise their commitment without the legal formalities
Debra we were so nervous about holding a commitment ceremony, but after five years of being together we wanted to "bite the bullet" and throw a party! The way you listened to us and were able to put together a fun yet warm ceremony was just what we were after. We also really want to thank you for the sensitive way you acknowledged the role our parents have played in our lives and wove that into the ceremony. Whilst it hasn't always been easy, they are so important to us, and we couldn't have been happier with the result (and nor could they!). Thanks so much.