A Commitment Ceremony is a public affirmation of your commitment and love for each other in front of family and friends. This ceremony is perfect for same gender couples OR anyone who does not want to, or is unable to, include the legal components of marriage. Although no legal paperwork is lodged, I will create a magical ceremony – similar to a wedding and you will receive a Commitment Certificate” and booklet publish with the magic of your ceremony into a booklet. Pledges of love, ring exchange, declarations of life commitment ….. all the bells and whistles” – just not legally binding.
I would be happy to create a ceremony to reflect your union and life commitment – something like this HEARTFELT PLEDGE :
“I will love you through the good and the bad, through the joy and the sorrow. I will try to be understanding and to trust in you completely. I will make you a part of me and, in turn, become a part of you. Together we will face all the life’s experiences and share on another’s dreams and goals. We will be equal partners in an open, honest relationship throughout all our years”.
Special Message : It is hoped that one day soon, I will be able to solemnize marriage according to Law in Australia – which will include same gender couples.
Although a same sex or civil union is not registered with Births, Deaths & Marriages (Lifelink) – you can register your union. The City of Sydney council adopted the Relationship Declaration Program as a means of recognising partnership status of both same-sex and missed-sex couples. The website is www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au see the Community Link, then Services and Programs. Another good website for more information on civil union : Australia http://www.australianmarriageequality.com/civilunions.htm