There would be no civil ceremonies if people had not been willing and applied to officiate at these.
To have same sex marriage occur on Australian soil is a national first. The march to freedom is a long one - how long did it take before those qualities like hair colour or being left or right-handed became accepted as a part of the broad diversity of human nature in our society?
I remember my Mum who died in only 2006 talking about people who were cack-handed.
We as civil celebrants are playing a small but really important role keeping our democratic society compassionate and tolerant. Sexual orientation should not be allowed to be used to bully and harass people. This is step to allow all people to have a quality of life that is not marred by being made to feel ashamed about who they are, over which they had no choice and to prevent early death by murder; suicide and other forms of slow suicide by alcohol or other drug abuse etc.
This is why the CCN Inc has civil and human rights as one of its core values - civil ceremonies demonstrate tolerance and respect for all citizens - whatever their religious or non religious belief systems etc.
And it does seem fitting in a week when Mandela died to be reminded of the deeper meaning of our work.
CCNA Coord. & CCN-CoCA Delegate