Big news! This week the government voted to legalize marriage for all couples in New Zealand – regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The bill passed with a majority vote of 77 to 44, and will come into affect on the 19 August 2013.
I know this can be a tricky subject for some people, but as a marriage celebrant, it’s an easy choice for me. The best part of my job is enabling couples of all walks of life make their commitment to each other legal and celebrate their love surrounded by family and friends. Marriage is an ancient tradition (going back perhaps as long as human existence) and the traditions, form and function has changed and evolved across time, belief and culture. And I’m proud to see it evolve once more to be inclusive and supportive of same-sex couples.
On 19 August 2013 gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender couples can officially get married in New Zealand. Marriage celebrants have always had the right to refuse to marry a couple for whatever reason, and some celebrants will continue to use this important right to reflect their own beliefs. But others, like myself, are hanging out our shingles for same-sex marriages.
I have amended my NZ Wedding Celebrant page to reflect that I will happily perform ceremonies for same sex couples alongside heterosexual marriage ceremonies. I can also witness ceremonies for couples who have a civil union which they wish to change to a marriage.
It is an honour to marry ANY couple, and I hope I can bring my unique wedding services to brighten the wedding day of many more New Zealanders.
If you have any questions about my services or would like to book me for a same-sex marriage ceremony in New Zealand, then please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.