By now I’m sure you all know that I love love and I love weddings, whatever form they come in. So when Selina contacted me earlier this year and asked me if I’d be willing to officiate at a surprise same-sex commitment ceremony for her and partner Amanda, of course I jumped at the chance!
Selina and Amanda have been together for six years, and have two beautiful children together. They’re just like any other family, but there’s just one problem: under Australia’s current (archaic) laws, their relationship cannot legally be formalised in marriage. But stuff it, they decided they wanted to celebrate their commitment just like any other couple, so on Saturday 21 November 2015, we did just that.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our day truly magical!! We are so happy and blessed that we were able to have you as our celebrant!!! You are wonderful!!” Selina Caruana
Backtrack to September, when I received an email from a Melbourne photojournalist working for the ABC, who was keen to know if I had an interesting same-sex commitment ceremony coming up, and if so, would I be willing to put her in touch with the couple. I immediately thought Selina and Amanda would be perfect for such a story – they’re so keen for the world to know that their kids are just as happy and healthy as kids growing up with different-gendered parents. So I put them in touch, and I was delighted when Margie introduced herself to me before the ceremony on Saturday. This article was published on the ABC News homepage today, and it’s a beautiful summation of the gorgeous day and this amazing relationship.
I was beyond thrilled to be able to write and perform an incredible ceremony for these two incredible women, and I can’t wait to make their commitment legal when (not if) marriage equality legislation is finally passed.