As a Celebrant, I support the Marriage Equality movement and same sex marriage.

Marriage-Equality-Logo-100x100-TransparentCelebrants displaying this logo have a policy of treating the LGBTI community with dignity and respect. They support the Marriage Equality movement and same sex marriage. The logo, combines easily recognised symbols, wedding rings, rainbow colours, and the equal sign. It was initiated and designed specifically for celebrants by Judy Aulich and Charles Foley, so that members of the LGBTI community, and also those who support marriage equality, can easily find celebrants who will welcome their business.

US Supreme Court, 26 June 2015

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. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.

It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfilment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

On behalf of the parents of Australia with same sex attracted sons and daughters, I say thank you to these supportive Marriage Celebrants who understand the importance for our sons and daughters to celebrate their marriages in a respectful, non discriminatory and loving manner.

Shelley Argent OAM

National Spokesperson PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

We have road tested the idea and logo with hundreds of celebrants and received enthusiastic and encouraging support. Both Shelley Argent from PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Rodney Croome, the Director of AME (Australian Marriage Equality) are strongly in support of this logo and are publishing it on their websites and throughout the LGBTI community.

Charles and I would like to thank all those who so generously donated to our crowd funding campaign. The campaign raised $2545.52 (after fees) in a very short time, an indication of the level of support in the community for marriage equality. Emails have now been sent to celebrants in all states, with encouraging results. Once the project has come to a completion, any remaining funds will be donated to AME to continue their work towards marriage equality.