With the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the paperwork for marriage in Australia has already been updated. However, the change isn’t just limited to allowing two brides or two grooms- it also lists “partner” as an option, as well as three genders: male, female, and “X.”
The new version of the document was issued by the Attorney-General’s Department on 9 December. The department’s fact sheet states:
There are three options for a party’s description: ‘groom’, ‘bride’ and ‘partner’. It is up to each party which descriptor they prefer. The descriptor ‘groom’ can be used by a male party, and ‘bride’ can be used by a female party, regardless of the sex or gender of the other party to the proposed marriage. The descriptor ‘partner’ can be used by a male, female, intersex, non-binary gender or transgender party.
It continues on to explain the gender options that are now available:
There are three options for sex: ‘Male’, ‘Female’ and ‘X’ (any person who does not exclusively identify as either male or female, such as a person who is intersex, indeterminate or unspecified). Celebrants should refer to the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender regarding the types of evidence that may assist to determine a party’s sex, such as an original or amended state or territory birth certificate, a valid Australian Government passport or a statement from a registered medical practitioner or registered psychologist.
Previously, the form only listed bride and bridegroom, and did not ask for gender.
The form also allows for foreign same-sex marriages to be recognised under the law.
Obviously, the legalisation of same-sex marriage would necessitate a new form; however, the addition of the third gender option demonstrates the connection between redefining marriage and the removal of gender. Just because same-sex marriage is legal does not mean the fight is over; when it comes to gender, the battle has just begun.