Randall Berger

Melbourne

randall2I have been married for 35 years and have 3 teen/adult children.

My younger brother lives in LA. He is gay and has been in a loving relationship for 15 years. They have exchanged rings and have been trying to get married for a while. As you know, California has had very on again/off again laws about same-sex marriage.

My wife and I were married in a secular ceremony with a Marriage Celebrant in 1977. It was very new. My background as a writer and performer led me to think of Celebrancy as a “3rd Age” occupation.

In obtaining my qualifications as a Celebrant, I studied the Australian Marriage Act. I began to realise how unfair and hypocritical the current debate was. I am now strongly in favour of Marriage Equality and hope to be a part of the success of the movement.

The Australian Marriage Act is 50 years old. It is a very good document that separates church and State with regards to marriage. Amendments have allowed Australians to be able to create a fulfilling and meaningful marriage ceremony that is about them.

Unfortunately, recent amendments have tightened the section that defines “Marriage is between a man and a woman.” Loosening this definition only requires a short amendment which has been on the table in Canberra since 2009.

This change will happen. It is only a matter of time.

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