I am Australia's First legal pagan marriage celebrant and it has been my privilege to be the celebrant at many legal and traditional handfastings.
To be a legally recognized celebrant means that I can perform both legally binding ceremonies that are defined under Australian law as:- `The union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.` and non-legal traditional handfasting ceremonies.
It took me nearly 5 years to gain my
registration, as they did not want to admit that Paganism is a 'faith' that
required its own marriage rites. Additionally, in Queensland, where I applied,
being wed according to Pagan beliefs had only just been decriminalized. However,
I pinned them down in the end. As far as I knew, according to the 'Attorney
Generals Office', I was the only one registered in Australia.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Rev. She` D`Montford
Asking for a blessing from spirit on this new union
On December the 2nd 1.00pm at the Festival of Witchcraft and Magick
in Brisbane at the RNA show grounds it will be my pleasure to officiate at
Queensland's first public handfasting. On this day, Paul Parkinson and Theresa
Gray invite all that wish to be witnesses to their joy to come and celebrate
this special day with them. This will be an especially joyful time for the
Pagan community as a whole, as this is the first time we have been able,
in Queensland, to legally publicly celebrate 2 peoples love according to
their personal beliefs.
However there are moves afoot in Queensland to have the law change repealed. I invite all to come and join us there and send a message clearly to the Queensland parliament that we have as much right to legally celebrate our beliefs as any one else.
Blessed be She`