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Gong marriage celebrant leads float at Mardi Gras

Marriage equality: Wollongong civil marriage celebrant Robyn Foster is leading a float of marriage celebrants in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Picture: Robert Peet.A 69-year-oldcivilmarriage celebrant from Wollongong is leading a float in the Sydney Gay and LesbianMardi Gras Paradethis weekend.
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Robyn Foster, of Celebrations by Robyn, wants marriage equality for all and is being supported by other civil celebrants from NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

Mrs Foster has 25 celebrants joiningher on Sunday and there is a waiting list of others who wantto take part.

The float is calledCelebrants for Marriage Equality and includesIllawarra’s own Elvis tribute artist, marriage celebrant John Elvis Collins, and his civil celebrantwife Alison Collins who regularly help couples“Follow That Dream”.

Mrs Fosterhad long wondered why there can’t be legal unions for same sex couples. Shehas a daughter who has been in a relationship with another woman for 20 years,the same length of time her son and his wife have been married.

“It is not about whether they will,’’ she said.‘’It is about whether they want to.’’

The issue hit home again two years ago when Mrs Foster conducted a reaffirmation ceremony for two women who had married in Canada.When the Australian wanted to come home, her partner had to apply to come as a single white female American woman.In the middle of it all that she got breast cancer and Mrs Foster could see the additional stress she was under.

“That really became the final highlight for me. I thought ‘this is just not right’,” she said.

John Elvis Collins, Robyn Foster and Alison Collins check out signage and shirts for the marriage celebrant float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Picture: Greg Ellis.

In the past six months Mrs Foster has performed two life commitments ceremonies for femalecouples who didn’t want to wait any longer to marry.

“My offer to them is when it does become legal I will marry them for nothing,’’ she said.‘’In both cases they really were as wrapped in each other as any other couple I have married. And the guests who came alongshowed they were accepted in both families.”

Mrs Foster,a representative for the Australian Marriage Celebrant Association, believesmany people support the idea of marriage equality.

When she asked ifanyone was interested in joining her at Mardi Gras, she had a flood of interest and decided to register the float inDecember.

“There are 12,500 people in this parade. It is the biggest one they have ever had. There were 176 applications and 30 of those were new applications. So I feel privileged. This 69-year-old nannafrom Wollongong is leading a float. It is an interesting excitement.”

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