To be legal, a wedding ceremony must include the line: “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.”

It has to be said but doesn’t necessarily need to be heard!

In an act of defiance and in support of marriage equality, Abbey and Mitch Johnson, who married in Coffs Harbour, requested that their wedding guests covered their ears when the celebrant delivered the requisite “archaic” line.

In essence, they were protesting equal rights for gay couples who still can’t get legally married in Australia.

Later taking to Facebook, Abbey wrote: “Some of you may not know, but for a marriage to be legal in Australia your celebrant has to state that a marriage is between a ‘man and a woman’ only.

“Our celebrant had to say it but we certainly didn’t have to listen to that absolute bullshit. So we had our awesome celebrant kindly ask our guests mid-ceremony to cover their ears.

“I hope one day soon this terrible, archaic, unjust law is abolished in Australia. Until then be kind, be proud and stand up for what you believe in.”

To celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US, wedding photographer Thomas Stewart posted photos from the February ceremony.

“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.”

In response to the flood of support on social media, Abbey said: “Mitch and I are absolutely overwhelmed with the love and support being sent our way.

“We had no idea our very small act of defiance would have such an amazing response.”

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