As Celebrants we have a close link to the Attorney Generals Department. The following passage was taken from their website:
“The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (‘Dean Smith Bill’) was introduced into the Senate on 15 November 2017. The requirements set out in the Marriage Act 1961 remain in place until such time as an Act of Parliament changes them. As such, celebrants are currently not able to accept a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) from same-sex couples.
The date from which same-sex weddings could occur in Australia will depend on the date the Australian law is changed to allow same-sex marriage. The department will communicate advice to celebrants and the public about changes to the Marriage Act 1961 as soon as possible after the passage of any amendments.”
The above passage was taken from The official AGD site. As is the current law all couples will need to wait a month after signing the NOIM before they can get married. Hopefully we will see a lot of same sex marriages early next year!
Don’t hesitate to contact me for an obligation free chat so we can get to know each other and we can meet again to sign the NOIM when the law is changed!
0407 300 970