Civil Marriage celebrants to use Gender Neutral Language during marriage Ceremonies in Australia

Same-Sex couples will be able to get married come midnight tonight in Australia, this comes at the back of the marriage plebiscite that was held in mid to late 2017. The Plebiscite cost the government and taxpayers $122 million.

The result which went in favor of the “YES’ campaign was largely predicted by the polls. After the vote, attention shifted very fast to parliament. The point of contention in the debate was what SSM will mean for religious liberty.   The bill that was proposed and subsequently passed with the overwhelming majority in all houses of the government only gave exemptions to members of the clergy and their facilities to refuse service to Same couples.

A new fact sheet that has been released by the government gives guidelines and the new terminologies that celebrants will be able to use during marriage ceremonies.

“according to channels 9, the traditional terms bride and groom will still be used regardless of the sex and gender of the person getting married”

To be gender neutral and inclusive the terms spouse can now be used to refer to a male, female, intersex, non-binary or transgender persons.

“This change will allow people getting married to make personal choices on how they would like to be referred to. Terms that reflect their relationship”

The Monitum has now been changed to reflect the change in Law

 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 two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

 

what does this change in the law mean for religious people who hold traditional views about marriage and work as celebrants?

Should they quit their Jobs?