In the 1961 Marriage Act, under the guidance of Sir Garfield Barwick, marriage in Australia was understood as:
• as a lifelong and exclusive union between two people
• a bond that draws two people together in a relationship framed not just by feelings of love but by promises of commitment and faithfulness.
Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler is a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia. Her research is in intercultural studies (anthropological missiology) and applied theology. She is transitioning from being the Executive Director of Mission Resourcing in South Australia to take up a new appointment as Parramatta Mission’s Chaplain to the University of Western Sydney.