WA’s First Same-Sex Church Wedding
Wendy and Nic are finally getting married – by the church they love.
Tomorrow, Uniting Church Minister, Rev Elenie Poulos will conduct the wedding of Wendy and Nic, regular attendees of the Margaret River Uniting Church. This will be the first wedding between two people of the same-sex to be officially performed by a church in Western Australia.
At its national decision making meeting held in July, the Uniting Church in Australia decided to hold two equal and distinct statements of belief on marriage to honour the diversity of Christian belief among Uniting Church members. Since then, the church has published an additional marriage liturgy that will allow same-gender couples to get married in Uniting Churches, for those congregations that choose to host them.
This has paved the way for couples like Wendy and Nic, who have always longed to have a church wedding, to celebrate their special day.
Wendy said, “The Uniting Church has been and continues to be an important part of our life. We have many family and friends who are an active part of the life of this church, and with the recent changes in regards to marriage, it reinforces we are part of a faith community that embraces love and equality. We already know we love each other and are committed to each other, but there is a special meaning for us to be legally married within the rites of the Uniting Church, by a mentor and friend, surrounded by our children, family and friends.”
Rev Poulos said, “It is a privilege to be able to celebrate Wendy and Nicole’s wedding. The Uniting Church has a long history of working for justice. Its decision to allow same-sex marriage is one it should be proud of. It marks the Church’s commitment to the full inclusion of LGBTIQ people. This is a joyous occasion that celebrates God’s love for all people.”
Last night, Star Street Uniting Church in Victoria Park hosted a celebration for the announcement of its decision to conduct same-sex marriages on its premises.
Fiona Bentley, chairperson of Star St Church Council was delighted with the decision. “We are so proud to announce that this building is available for weddings for the happy and blessed marriages of same-sex couples.”