Emily Verrocchi and her husband Tom asked their guests to cover their ears during a specific part of their marriage vows. The couple wed in November in Melbourne, Australia. Emily’s brother, Jonathan, was her best man for the wedding. Jonathan is gay, and attended the wedding with his partner. In Australia, in order for a marriage to be legally binding, specific words must be recited in the vows. Those words include this exact phrase:
Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
So, in order for their marriage to be official but also show support for Jonathan and his partner, everyone just covered their ears when the officiant said those words.
The couple felt strongly about taking a stand against something they feel is wrong:
If it’s something you feel passionately about or have a strong opinion about, do something or say something during your ceremony to acknowledge your point of view.
Their guests were happy to join in unified support of the couple’s stance for Jonathan. Emily has also received lots of messages and thanks from strangers that appreciate their slightly modified vows. Perhaps this will be a hot new trend for weddings down under.