Tasmania

Confusion over SSM changes


COUPLES getting married on Saturday will be the first to see changes to their wedding ceremonies following the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

From tomorrow, celebrants will have to read out a new monitum — a statement explaining the nature of marriage.

Previously civil celebrants would have to note that: “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.”

This will be changed to reflect the change in definition to “union of two people”.

Celebrants were only notified of the change on Friday morning and Civil Celebrations Network founder Rona Goold said this could cause confusion among those who had not seen the email sent by the Attorney-General’s office about 11am or other notices informing them of the change.

“Some people might not get the message,” Ms Goold said.

Another celebrant news.com.au spoke to said he was not sure whether he had to use the new monitum on Saturday as he…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/confusion-as-celebrants-are-informed-of-samesex-marriage-changes-with-just-one-days-notice/news-story/16e101a8accb81dd782cb19befdeadba

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