Couple Protests Gay Marriage Ban By Asking Wedding Guests To Cover Ears
Same-sex marriage may have been legalized in the US on Friday, but the same can't be said for the rest of the world: Currently, only 20 countries legally recognize gay marriage.
To protest Australia's stance against same-sex marriage, newlyweds Abbey and Mitchell Johnston hosted a quiet demonstration during their nuptials at Australia's Sapphire Beach this past February, and now, it's making waves in light of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling.
The demonstration occurred during the recital of the monitum, a legal passage read during all Australian weddings.
The monitum states,
Marriage, according to the law in Australia, is a union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.
During its reading, they motioned for all their guests to cover their ears -- a symbolic silencing of the statement.
I read an article about how celebrants are turning their microphones down when they say the monitum and the idea hit me. I nervously informed Mitchell of my idea hoping he wouldn't think it was lame. He initially laughed so hard he cried and then he said, 'Yes, absolutely we have to do this. You are crazy and I love it!'
Photographer Thomas Stewart, who captured the meaningful protest, called it the most "creative and fun" protest against Australia's "archaic laws."
He told Daily Mail,
Obviously, it was purely symbolic… but the whole thing was a beautiful protest in favor of same-sex marriages being legalized in Australia.
The photographs from the ceremony, seen below, were shared by countless others who support the newlyweds' protest.
Meet Abbey and Mitchell Johnston.
The Australian newlyweds wanted to protest the country's same-sex marriage ban during their wedding.
So while reciting the monitum, an antiquated legal definition of marriage, the guests symbolically covered their ears.
The goal was to show they won't stand for inequality.
The newlyweds also asked their officiant to explain their stances on marriage equality to their guests.
Everyone participated in the silent protest...
...and Abbey says she couldn't be prouder.
She said, "I wanted to show them that we didn't just stand by..."
"...that we were proud of what we believed in, a very small act of defiance."
Here's to the badass newlyweds and their awesome guests.