A Couple Staged a Protest at Their Wedding Ceremony to Support Marriage Equality

Lauren Tuck
News Editor
Yahoo Style

Abbey and Mitch Johnson covering their ears. Photography by Thomas Stewart

On Friday, the United States joined nearly two dozen countries around the world in legalizing same-sex marriages. But that’s a relatively small sum (especially considering more than double that number of nations consider homosexuality to be a crime). Australia is one of the many places yet to have marriage equality. To protest this, Abbey and Mitch Johnston, along with their guests, covered their ears during a controversial marriage law. And to celebrate the SCOTUS decision, photographer Thomas Stewart posted photos from the ceremony that took place in February. 

Guests with their hands over their ears in a small act of defiance. 

The Australian Marriage Act from 1961 mandates that vows in front of witnesses must include, “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 during this part, all 17 guests covered their ears. 

"I loved how Abbey and Mitch took a stand during their ceremony against this archaic and offensive part of Australian law and I was very proud to be taking photos at that wedding,” Stewart told Mashable Australia. “I also saw that the guests, with huge smiles on their faces, reacted very well to the situation and loved the gesture.”

Those three wise monkeys were onto something: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. 

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