Marriage equality has come to Australia! Finally! And it came in like a wrecking ball, changing EVERYTHING for marriage celebrants whilst also delivering equality, love, and compassion to a large part of our population.
There's so many questions to be asked about marriage equality and what it means for celebrants, so we hope you enjoy this ep - Josh is sorry for his terrible audio quality, it was recorded in a Brisbane co-working space which was noisey and echoey, sorry!
Is Australian society now doomed?
Is my marriage now less valid?
Marriage equality info on Attorney General’s Department website: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/marriage-equality.aspx
What changed in the law?
Is there a new category of religious marriage celebrants? Facgt sheet: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Fact-Sheet-New-subcategory-of-religious-marriage-celebrant.pdf
How to become a Religious Marriage Celebrant:
If you choose to be identified as a religious marriage celebrant, you must make your request to the Registrar in writing between 10 December 2017 and 9 March 2018. There will be no extensions of time. You can make this request by either:
1. Logging on to your self-service portal, clicking on the ‘Identification as religious marriage celebrant’ item on the left hand menu and ticking the box confirming you wish to be identified as a religious marriage celebrant. The portal will be available from 10 December 2017.
2. Replying to this email [the one received by all celebrants on 8 December] using the following words: ‘I wish to be identified as a religious marriage celebrant under the Marriage Act 1961. I confirm that this choice is based on my religious beliefs.’ With all emails to the department it would assist if you provided your A number.
After 9 March 2018, you will no longer be able to make a request to the Registrar to become a religious marriage celebrant. This deadline is mandated by legislation. There will be no extensions of time or exceptions.
The Registrar will give you written confirmation that your details on the register of marriage celebrants have been updated.
Do we know if the Jedi religion has a position on same sex marriage?
Can religious celebrants marry gay people?
What are the key dates around marriage equality in Australia?
When was the first same sex wedding in Australia? Saturday the 16th of December at 2pm in Sydney.
Does a civil union automatically become a marriage?
If you’ve already been married overseas, is that same sex marriage recognised in Australia? From when?
Can couples married overseas in a same sex marriage now get divorced?
Fact sheet on overseas marriages: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Fact-sheet-Recognition-of-foreign-same-sex-marriages-and-divorce.pdf
Can I use the old NOIMs that mention groom and bridegroom since December 9?
Are the old NOIMs invalid from December 9? Yes. NOIMs lodged with the celebrant before December 9 are valid for their regular 18-month validity period.
Link for the new marriage forms: https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Forms.aspx
The new interim NOIMs have jammed new lines in to the existing form.
There’s a new description of party and gender line.
Is there a new Guidelines on the Marriage Act yet?
The new official certificate of marriage has changed.
Can we use our old Red Book of marriage certificates?
How has the new Official Certificate of Marriage changed?
The declaration of no legal impediment has not changed.
Has the form 15 - the pretty presentation marriage certificate - changed?
Has the period of notice changed to 28 days?
How has the marriage ceremony changed?
Fact sheet from the Attorney-General on the marriage ceremony requirements as discussed in this episode https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Fact-Sheet-Changes-to-marriage-ceremony-requirements.pdf
What is the new monitum?
What are the new marriage vows?
What do we pronounce the couple married at the end of the ceremony?
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