It may come as no surprise to you who follow my social media that I have a "husband". So it also may not surprise you that I'm a strong supporter of the right for all couples regardless of gender or sexual identify to enter into the solemn and binding relationship that is civil marriage.
As a celebrant I am privileged to share in a unique celebration of love when couples make formal and legal commitments to each other. I get to see the joy of the moment extend far beyond the couple making the commitment and also includes their families, friends and communities.
I want this for my family, friends and community.
In contemporary Australia, however, some couples are denied the opportunity to share the joy of this moment. As marriage equality is not recognised, couples in same-sex relationships do not enjoy the same rights and are not treated with the same dignity as other Australians.
As a celebrant, I believe I have an important role to play in promotion inclusion and tolerance. Denying celebrants the ability to marry same-sex couples also impinges on our individual freedom.
I believe the rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, allows all members to function at their best.
Australia is a robust democracy with a proud history of social reform. This should continue, with all Australians being treated equally, including those who are currently excluded from the institution of marriage.
Politicians can no longer hide from the fact that the majority of Australian support amending the definition of marriage. Survey's and opinion polls consistently place support across the Australian community at 70%+ and it is much higher in younger demographics. Countries culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain have achieved equality with much lower support than Australia enjoys now.
But it's not about opinion polls and surveys, or what the voters want. Equality under the law is, in my view, is a basic human right.
Marriage is a celebration that joins people together and denying same-sex couples this opportunity limits us as a society.
In handing down it's landmark judgement in 2015 the United States Supreme Court chose these words to describe marriage
"No Union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were."
and so say ALL of us.