The Union of 2 People to the Exclusion of all Others

After exhausting debate and a non binding postal survey, from 9 December 2017, marriage in Australia will be redefined as ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. The right to marry under Australian law will no longer be determined by sex or gender.

This is wonderful news for so many same sex couples as it will now be legal for same-sex couples to marry in Australia and at Ceremonies by Kellie, Coffs Coasts Same Sex Marriage Celebrant, we would love to help you plan and officiate your wedding.

The usual requirements around giving a Notice of Intended Marriage continue to apply; the NOIM must be given at least one month prior to the wedding ceremony, unless a shortening of time has been obtained from a prescribed authority. The earliest a same sex couple can give a notice is 9 December 2017, with the first marriages taking place on the 9th January 2018.

So whilst there has been some changes to the legal documentation and some of the legal wording, there is no change to the excitement which every couple feels when planning their wedding.

For a Same Sex Marriage Celebrant call Ceremonies by Kellie today on 0429 539 706 or email us on to ensure your wedding is everything you wish it to be.