The Marriage Monitum
What are your thoughts on the current marriage monitum?
As an authorised Marriage Celebrant I’m required to say the marriage monitum at all weddings that I’m the marriage celebrant. The Attorney General’s department is very clear that there’s little room to change the wording of the monitum. Until the government allows same sex marriages the monitum will not change. So I’m wondering what are your thoughts when you hear the monitum mentioned at weddings that you attend. What would the impact be for you?
As a marriage celebrant I can suggest to the marrying couple that we include a statement about their thoughts on same sex marriage however I would not include this information either just before or straight after the monitum, as I could be seen to contradicting the Marriage Celebrant Code of Practice.
I hope that one day soon the government will change the law and as a celebrant I don’t have to worry about possibly offending people during the wedding ceremony when it comes to the particular section of the marriage monitum which has the potential to impact their beliefs.
Here’s the current wording of the monitum and I’ve bolded the four words that hopefully will be changed soon rather than later:
(Bride’s full name) and (Groom’s full name), before you are joined in marriage in my presence, and in the presence of these witnesses, your family and friends, I must remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship that you are 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.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Enjoy your day.