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U.S. Celebrants Offering
Ceremonies for Same-Sex Couples

Where to Find Supportive U.S. Celebrants and Congregations for Spiritual Blessing
To be listed, see box below
© December 19, 2012, Demian


Rabbi Steve Lebow
Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062

Rabbi Steven Lebow, the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth (Reform) in Atlanta, GA, has been performing same-sex weddings since 1991. He frequently travels to South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee to work with same sex couples. He will perform a Jewish, interfaith, or secular weddings. He is warm and welcoming and will make sure your wedding ceremony is fun and spiritual! Rabbi Lebow’s synagogue is open to same-sex ceremonies. Temple Kol Emeth was founded in 1982 by seven families who desired a Reform Jewish presence in Cobb County. It has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1987.

Alaska — no current contacts

American Samoa — no current contacts


Rev. Rosalyn C. Enterline
American Fellowship
200 S. Pantano Rd. #148, Tucson, AZ 85710

Rosalyn offers bonding commitment ceremonies as well as wedding services. She feels that all couples should be accorded the same respect and honor on such a blessed day. She also offers house blessings, cleansing, funerals, memorials, and baptism. Ceremonies are offered in Christian, Native American, and non-denominational formats. She will travel outside of Arizona for a reasonable fee.

Rev. Peggy Watts
Universal Life Church, 3391 South 4th Ave., Yuma, AZ 85365

“I believe people who love each other, and wish to spend their lives together, should be allowed to do so with blessings.”


Sheila Cordellia Hicks
Church of Spiritual Humanism
374 Indian Springs Drive, Bryant AR 72022

“I believe in the sanctity of all love, regardless of a person’s sex, race, creed, religion, ethnicity, or any other state of being. I am proud to stand with any couple and help them proclaim their love and commitment to the Universe.”

Rev. Barry Scott
Dove’s Wing Ministries
Rural Route 65, Vilonia, AR 72173

Rev. Barry Scott offers commitment ceremonies, civil unions, life partnerships, as well as commitment workshops and pre-marriage counseling.


Roseanne Allen, wedding officiant
Universal Life Church
1563 Solano Ave., #177, Berkeley, CA 94707

“We believe that all people must be able to come together in love and community to celebrate unions, weddings, births, deaths, child namings, and other joyous and sad events in our life. We are committed to helping the gay and lesbian community share their love with one another and the world. Each wedding ceremony is written individually to incorporate the beliefs of the couple and can include ceremonies and traditions from many ethnicities.”

Rev. Beth Miller
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
490 Aguajito Road, Carmel, CA 93923
w/408-624-7404; h/408-333-1139;

Rev. Gail Johnson
Center for Spiritual Living
P.O. Box 187, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Meetings held at the Hill House Chapel, 10701 Pallette Dr., Mendocino, CA 95460

“We believe that everyone has the right to enter into marriage. You are perfect, whole and complete exactly the way you are. We are honored to officiate same-sex weddings.”

Rev. Alene Victoria Di Dio
PO Box 2403, Mendocino CA 95460

Alene believes in reuniting soul mates, and supports this in all couples. She supports couples in creating their own vows and ceremony, or using her service, which is nonreligious and spiritually-based. Alene emphasizes the sacred and equal partnering of deep friends.

Rev. Suzanne B. Dougherty, Minister
Unitarian Universalist Church of South County
25801 Obrero Dr., #7, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

The Revd. John A. Bell
Trans-Denominational Minister
6421 Hillegass Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Rev. Kevin Pearson, Rector
Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
1661 Fifteenth St., San Francisco, CA 94103-3511
415-861-1436; fax 415-522-1198;

St. John’s is an inclusive Anglo-Catholic parish that performs same-sex covenant ceremonies for members of the parish.

Rev. Deacon Jane Harper
St. Joan’s Oratory, Church of Antioch
Box 24097, San Jose, CA 9154-4097

Rev. Harper is eager to perform covenant ceremonies. The entire jurisdiction does not yet approve, but she has her Bishop’s blessing. Church of Antioch is an independent Catholic jurisdiction headquartered in Creswell, Oregon.

Rev. Elisheva Barsabe
The Mission of St. Clare
244 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

A part of the Apostolic Catholic Church in America, the Mission of St. Clare is happy to bless the marriage covenants of people truly committed to each other. Usually, the marriage service is taken from The New Zealand Prayer Book or The Book of Common Prayer, but convenants written by the couple can be considered. Pre-martial counseling is advised. Call evenings, weekends or send e-mail.

Rev. Canon Janine Stock
All Saints American Catholic Church
OurSpirit Publishing Chapel, 1487 Poinsettia Ave. #130, Vista, California

“We offer the seven sacraments, including Holy Matrimony, as openly and abundantly as Jesus the Christ offered them to all. We welcome same-sex couples and their children no differently than we do mixed gender couples. Our wedding ministry understands the diversity in the concept of God’s family, and we respond to the need of mixed faith families.”


Rev. Elizabeth McMaster
All Souls Unitarian Church
730 North Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Rev. McMaster is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has conducted holy unions between same-sex couples since 1986. She is currently the interim minister at All Souls.

Reverend Jeremy H. Wheatley
Miette’s Love Chapel
412 N. Pine St., Colorado Springs, CO 80905
719-520-3532 or 719-650-2187;

Rev. Wheatley has been performing marriages between same-sex couples for many years. The ceremonies are written after consulting with the couple, and include any beliefs or traditions desired by the couple. He also provides many other services including: commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, handfasting, baby naming, home blessings, collaring ceremonies, and many more.


Legal Marriage is available in Connecticut.
      [See our article: Connecticut Offers Marriage]

Marie T. Wiley
329 Gallup Hill Rd., Ledyard, CT 06339

“As a Justice of the Peace, I perform Civil Unions and marriage ceremonies. I believe that devoted individuals who love each other, deserve to be united and protected.”

Most Fr. Richard Cardarelli, Bishop
American Apostolic Catholic Church
547-C Hilliard St., Manchester, CT 06040;

The Apostolic Church is an independent, ecumenical Catholic denomination with clergy from Roman, Independent, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist traditions. It offers all seven sacraments.

Mary C. Pugh, Connecticut Justice of the Peace
199 Silvermine Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850

Mary has experience offering scores of caring, customized same-sex Civil Unions and legal marriage ceremonies. She delights in creating a beautiful, romantic, meaningful, and joyful celebration of love. Participating couples receive a portfolio containing their customized ceremony and keepsake marriage certificate. Mary can also take photos of the happy couple and include them on a personalized DVD containing the ceremony script, marriage certificate, and marriage license.

Rev. Marissa Ganavage
Rev. John A. Ganavage
Rev. Barbara MacBurney
Ministers with the Universal LIfe Church
Edward Ave., Watertown, CT 06795
860-945-1329; 860-274-0404;

These ministers are independent and non-denominational, and call the blessing by whatever name the couple feels most comfortable (holy union, marriage, etc). They work with a wedding planner to ensure the couple’s wishes are followed. Pre-wedding counseling services are offered as well as “Affirmation of Love” certificates after the ceremony. They believe all couples, regardless of orientation, should have the same opportunity to make commitments to each other.


Reverend Jaynee Levy-Polis
55 East Cherokee Drive, Newark, Delaware 19713

“I’m ordained by the Spiritual Humanists and I very much like the idea of gay folks being able, like any other folks, to commit to the person they love. I have gay family and friends. I don’t have any preferences for weddings. Whatever the couple wants is what I do. I believe this is a Mitzvah, a good deed.”

District of Columbia

Legal Marriage is available in D.C.
      [See our article: District of Columbia Offers Marriage]

Rev. Robert Hardies
All Souls Church, Unitarian
1500 Harvard St., NW (16th and Harvard), Washington, DC 20009

All Souls welcomes the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual community. It offers an exceptionally beautiful facility, acclaimed musical program, and inspiring minister for same-sex marriages and commitment ceremonies. Reverend Hardies is a compassionate, young, gay minister, and an accomplished speaker with the power to reach people of all faiths.


Fr. Steven M. Rosczewski, pastor
6152 126th Ave., #500, Largo, FL 33773-1848

“As part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC), we warmly welcome all couples to the Sacrament of Marriage. Our Catholic community is all-affirming and fully inclusive of all persons without distinction. We will joyfully celebrate this Sacrament for you and your partner as a serious, intimate and sacred pronouncement that symbolizes the coming together of your lives.”

Rt. Rev. Grant Lynn Ford, senior minister
Sunshine Cathedral
1480 SW - 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Sunshine provides full service same-sex weddings, as well as baptisms, child namings, memorial services and relationship blessings. The two Chapels seat 100-500, plus a hall is available for receptions. Arrangements include, photographer, flowers, candles, reception, guest house accommodations, etc. The staff clergy represents MCC, Unity, Religious Science, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, with a cooperating Rabbi available.Sunshine is an MCC church affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity.

Rt. Rev. Donald J. Herbert, DD, DSC
St. Luke The Physician Church
Box 5081, Gulfport, FL 33737

The Orthodox Catholic Church of America ministers to the gay and lesbian community. It offers all holy sacraments and studies for ordination.

Rabbi Greg Kanter
Congregation Etz Chaim
3970 Northwest 21st Ave., Oakland Park, FL 33309
954-714-9232; fax 954-714-3050;

Rabbi Kanter officiates at Jewish same-sex weddings.

Rev. Beth Causey
124 - 19th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Rev. Causey is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), and is glad to listen and is available to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Most Rev. Charles M. Leigh, Pastor
Rev. Arthur L. Funk & Rev. Kenneth Crooms, Deacons
Apostolic Catholic Church
7813 North Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

The inclusive and affirming Apostolic Catholic Church offers baptisms, weddings, unions. All are welcome.

Rev. F. Gianmichael Maria Salvato, CFI
Franciscan Companions of the Immaculate
Holy Angels National Catholic Church
2330 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale), FL 33305

The Franciscan Companions perform sacramental Holy Unions, provide access to the seven sacraments, and worship as a community of faith without judgment. They are a radically inclusive and ecumenical order of Franciscan friars and sisters, dedicated to bringing an authentic experience of Catholic spirituality, compassion and service to all people, united in the Love of Christ.

Father John Joseph Reid, Pastor
Divine Mercy Catholic Community Church
2749 Northeast 10th Ave., Wilton Manors, FL 33334

Father Reid conducts Holy Unions either at the Chapel in Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale) or location of your choice.


Rev. Dr. Rich Wall (Chair, Marriage Equality Team) or Rev. Chris Glaser (Interim Pastor)
Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

“For many years, we have been committed to marriages and ceremonies for all adult couples. Our ordained ministers are willing to perform ceremonies in our sanctuary as well as in most locations in Georgia. We believe that we are sanctifying marriages before God, even if the State of Georgia refuses to legally recognize some of these marriage.”

Rev. Blakely G. Gooch
171 Ballew Dr., So., Jasper, GA 30143-1933
706-692-2219 (home); and

Rev. Gooch is an ordained Baptist minister belonging to the Alliance of Baptists. While not a pastor of his own church, he is a member of the Virginia Highlands Baptist Church in Atlanta, which has provided facilities for same-sex marriages in the past. He is also willing to travel to most locations within Southeast Georgia or beyond, if travel remuneration is provided.

Rabbi Steve Lebow
Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062

Rabbi Steven Lebow, the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth (Reform) in Atlanta, GA, has been performing same-sex weddings since 1991. He frequently travels to South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee to work with same sex couples. He will perform a Jewish, interfaith, or secular weddings. He is warm and welcoming and will make sure your wedding ceremony is fun and spiritual! Rabbi Lebow’s synagogue is open to same-sex ceremonies. Temple Kol Emeth was founded in 1982 by seven families who desired a Reform Jewish presence in Cobb County. It has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1987.

Guam — no current contacts

Hawaii — no current contacts

Idaho — no current contacts


Rev. Leah Young
Universal Life Church
P.O. Box 505, 22nd Ave., Bellwood, IL 60104

Leah fully supports people loving whomever they love, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, or religion. She is available to perform commitment ceremonies and/or weddings.

Rev. Mary M. Moore
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur
3773 MacArthur Road, Decatur, IL 62526
Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
745 Woodside Road, Springfield, IL 62707

Rev. Moore performs union services for same-sex couples in both congregations she serves.

Rev. Christopher Fox
First Congregational United Church of Christ
320 Grand Ave., Waukegan, Illinois 60085-4229
847-336-5368 (phone/fax);

First Congregational is an “Open and Affirming Congregation” that provides a supportive environment for same-sex couples who seek to celebrate their marriage in the church. Ceremonies are developed in consultation with the pastor, following a series of pre-marriage conversations. The Congregation welcomes full participation in the life and leadership of the church by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.

Indiana — no current contacts

Iowa — no current contacts Legal Marriage is available in Iowa.
      [See our article: Iowa Offers Marriage]


Rev. Vern Barnet, DMn
Center for Religious Experience and Study (CRES)
Box 4165, Overland Park, KS 66204
also: Box 45414, Kansas City, MO 64171

Dr. Barnet, author of Love Without Desire: Sonnets about loving men, writes a weekly Kansas City Star interfaith column which honors same-sex relationships. He is a Unitarian Universalist minister and convenes the Kansas City Interfaith Council. While he offers a guide for a same-sex ceremonies, he is happy to work with couples to adapt or write their own services utilizing one, many or no religious traditions.


Olga-Maria Cruz, M.Div., Ph.D.
2100 Edgeland Ave., Louisville, KY 40204

Olga-Maria is an active ally of the LGBTQ community, and honored to perform commitment ceremonies for couples, as well as naming or adoption ceremonies for children.

Fr. James Long L.L.F, M.Div (Doc. Theology candidate)
Universal Catholic
P.O. Box 35361, Louisville, KY 40232-5361
502-749-7389; cell 502-777-2064;

Father James performs same-sex ceremonies for couples and can offer simple-to-massive ceremonies. It can take place during the Holy Mass, or anytime you feel appropriate. He also can provide a computer-produced legal will and other legal documents using information you provide.

Louisiana — no current contacts

Maine — no current contacts

Legal Marriage is available in Maine.
      [See our article: Maine Offers Marriage]


Judith Seid
Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah
623 Lake Dr., Towson, MD 21286

The Chavurah is an affiliate of the Secular Humanistic Jewish movement, which offers weddings for opposite-sex and same-sex couples. Couples do not need to be Jewish. Ceremonies are tailored to the individuals and can include Jewish or other ethnic elements. Many Secular Humanistic clergy will travel to perform weddings. Also provides referrals to clergy in other cities.

Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations
Rifke Feinstein, Exec. Director
19657 Villa Drive, N., Southfield, MI 48076


Legal Marriage is available in Massachusetts.
      [See our article: Massachusetts Offers Marriage]

Reverend Judith Todd-McNichol D.D., and Justice of the Peace
137 South Pond Drive, Brewster (Cape Cod), MA 02631

“I am honored to perform wedding ceremonies for our state. My goal, as a Universalist minister, is to provide a ceremony that reflects your individuality, a service with which you are comfortable, and that will give the greatest memories. Choose from my extensive collection of services and vows, or write your own. Ceremonies can be civil, religious, interfaith, non-denominational, or multi-cultural.”

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Rev. Stephen Pepper
Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury St., Boston MA 02116
617-266-3169; fax 617-266-9532; 617-983-2184 (Stephen Pepper);;

The Church of the Covenant is an Open and Affirming (United Church of Christ) and More Light (Presbyterian Church USA) congregation. Its membership is approximately half lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and includes many same-sex families with children. A number of its clergy work in non-parish settings, and would be glad to discuss same-sex ceremonies with couples. Its neo-Gothic building offers splendid architecture, Tiffany stained glass, and an historic Welte-Tripp organ.

Dennis Geller, Ph.D., Humanist Minister and Humanistic Jewish Clergy
8 Thayer Place, Brookline, Mass. 02445

“Humanist minister helps you develop a spiritual and intensely personal secular or religious Humanistic wedding, civil union or commitment ceremony. Respect and appreciation for all individuals and for equal rights are fundamental to Humanism. This sentiment pervades all of my ceremonies, whether for lesbians, gays or mixed-sex couples. I also perform Secular Jewish and Interfaith ceremonies, and work throughout New England.”

Rev. Virginia McDaniel, Pastor
Christ Church United in Lowell
1 Bartlett St., Lowell, MA 01852

Rev. McDaniel enjoys working with couples to design commitment celebrations that reflect the individuals involved. Christ Church United welcomes gay men and lesbians into the full life and ministry of the church, which is a parish of the United Church of Christ (an Open and Affirming denomination in the Congregational and Reformed traditions).

Rev. Susan Cartmell, Senior Minister
Rev. Heike Werder, Associate Minister
Congregational Church of Needham
1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham MA 02492-2202
781-444-2510; fax 781-444-3580;

The Congregational Church of Needham is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. The Sunday bulletins read:
“As a covenant community we are committed to the belief that all people are created equal before God. In affirmation of the inclusive love of Christ Jesus, we welcome persons of any race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability and economic circumstance to full participation in our community life and ministry. We strive to reflect these beliefs in the language and content of our worship and in our lives together.”


Rev. Deb Dysert
Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church
5311 Sunnyside Drive, Clarkston, MI 48346

“We are a church for all people and celebrate who God made us to be as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer Christians. We invite anyone, who is interested in growing stronger in their faith and trust in God, to join us on our journey. Celebrating the love between two individuals is a blessing, and we offer services of Holy Union as well as preparation sessions for the couple.”

Trudy Bowler, marriage officiant
Universal Life Church
P.O. Box 65, Gregory MI 48137

Same-sex weddings are offered. It is their belief that love should be celebrated by all. They are committed to providing a safe and welcoming place to celebrate love and commitment.

Rev. R. Vincent Lavieri
American Apostolic Catholic Church
Parish of St. Matthias
297 W. Clay, Muskegon, MI 49440

Offers a celebration of marriage/commitment services for people wishing God’s blessings on their commitment to life-long love and faithfulness.


Rev. Dr. Christa Landon
2626 - 37th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406

While not attached to a congregation, Dr. Landon is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister preaching and performing ceremonies in the greater Twin Cities area. The Unitarian Universalist Association has authorized Ceremonies of Holy Union for same-sex couples for a quarter of a century, and provides signed, dated printed certificates. Membership in a U.U. church is not required. Dr. Landon has performed more than 400 personally created ceremonies to celebrate the love of couples of many different religious orientations.

Father Stephen Prokop
Servants of Christ - American Apostolic Catholic Church
2275 Benson Ave., St. Paul, MN 55116

Servants of Christ is an independent Old Catholic jurisdiction which has valid sacraments and an all inclusive theology. Friendly and flexible; beautiful commitment ceremony book given to couple after the service.

Rev. Tomkin Coleman
197 Griggs St. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

Non-denominational minister experienced with same-sex unions will officiate and help you plan and create a personalized, unique ceremony for your wedding, holy union, or commitment ceremony. Your choice of location — will travel.

Mississippi — no current contacts


Carolyn Burke, celebrant
Wedding Ceremony Services
705 Dickson St., St. Louis, Missouri 63122

“Celebrate your special love with a spiritual and unifying commitment ceremony, recognized as one of the most meaningful expressions of your love for each other. Besides officiating, we arrange unforgettable events.”

Montana — no current contacts

Nebraska — no current contacts


Father Jay DiCotignano
American Catholic Church in Nevada
Holy Innocents American Catholic Church
2000 S. Maryand Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Offering holy unions, commitment ceremonies, marriages, and all sacraments.

New Hampshire

Legal Marriage is available in New Hampshire.
      [See our article: New Hampshire Offers Marriage]

Rev. Dr. Judith A. Gooch
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
4 Post Office Sq., Plymouth, NH 03264

Plymouth Congregational states that their commitment to same-sex and opposite-sex unions is one and the same:
“In a Christian context, a covenant made between two persons in the presence of God and an ordained minister is a Holy Union. … the Plymouth United Church takes its role in Holy Unions very seriously. A brochure describing the tradition and our church’s policies will be sent to each couple interested in holding their service at the church. If neither is a member of the Plymouth Congregational UCC, use of the church will be left to the Pastor’s discretion.” (Deacon’s Policies)

New Jersey

Rev. Melanie Morel Sullivan
Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill
401 N. Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Services include: holy unions (commitment, wedding); baby dedication ceremonies for couples having or adopting children; personalized, non-judgmental memorial services; relationship and family counseling. Membership in the church is open without regard to belief, ethnicity or orientation. Officially a Welcoming Congregation of the UUA.

Rev. Joseph A. Ianiro, Jr. DD
Divine Mercy
370 W. Pleasantview Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-417-0118; fax 201-575-4239;

Spiritual, yet non-denominational domestic partner and commitment ceremonies. All ceremonies are personalized to fit a couple’s individual needs. Adoption, naming, and baptismal ceremonies are also offered. Serving all of NJ-NYC and the Hudson Valley.

Rev. Bob Riordan
Community of Thomas Christians
2190 Rte. 29, Stockton, NJ 08559

This independent catholic community celebrates inclusiveness by providing services to the gay and lesbian community in the catholic sacramental tradition. It offers Holy Eucharist, sacrament of Holy Union, and healing.

Fr. George Lucey
St. Francis of Assisi-WRM-Mission
22 Mellon Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052

“Our mission is to make the world a more compassionate place through a truly welcoming and dynamic Catholic community. Celebrations of holy union and bonding ceremonies can reflect the inherent dignity of love which is at the heart of our lives.”

New Mexico

Kelly Vickers, J.D., Minister
3916 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107
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“I am a passionate advocate of marriage equality for GBLT couples and provide officiant/celebrant services for weddings, unions, and public declarations of love and partnership. Through conversation and counseling I tailor a service that meets and honors your unique needs and spiritual paths. I am also able to assist with documents, such as living wills, co-habitation agreements, and wills and trusts, which may be needed to protect your rights as a same-sex couple in New Mexico. Other ministerial, spiritual counseling and notary services are available.”

The Reverend Judith Maynard
Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque
1103 Texas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110-7813

Rev. Judith Maynard is an ordained clergywoman in Metropolitan Community Churches. She has performed more than 200 same-sex ceremonies, and works with each couple to create a ceremony, or other rite of passage, which is meaningful and unique. The MCC facilities offer a beautiful setting, sound and multi-media system.

Rev. Lynette A. Curley-Roam, LCSW-R, MSW
United American Catholic Church
12836 Lomas NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87112
505-323-2338; 505-281-5976;

Rev. Lynette offers personalized marriage ceremonies for all couples. She also offers retreats, dream work, “Body, Mind, Spirit Seminars,” “Coming Out Groups for Women,” as well as spiritual counseling, and prayers for healing.

Fr. Jim Lehman
Holy Family Ecumenical Catholic Church
702 Parker Rd., Las Cruces, NM 88005

Holy Family is a full-service parish offering marriages and unions to all.

New York

Bishop Richard G. Roy, OSJD - Primate
National Catholic Church of America
166 Jay St., Albany, NY 12210

The National Catholic Church of America is an inclusive Catholic body, which celebrates the diversity of God’s people and offers the sacraments without regard to sexual orientation, gender or marital status.

Rev. Dr. Raymond J. Barito, Jr., and Heidi Barito, Jr.
Roman Road Ministries
52 B Grant St., Freeport, NY 11520
516-223-1479, fax 516-223-0760;

“Love is the greatest gift that God could give us. Sharing love with that someone special truly makes two people one. Let us join you in a ceremony worth remembering, where two become one with the Lord.”

Rev. Deacon John Azzali
Rev. Father Denis Couture
Parish of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America
35-30 - 81St St., #4A, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Father Denis: 718-641-5925;
Deacon John: 718-205-6605;

“Catholicism has ever taught that a sacrament is an outward sign of an interior reality. Both the union of a man and a woman, or the union of a same-sex couple, though distinct, flow from that same sacred grace.”

Jeanne Stark
Hudson Valley Ceremonies
1237 Centre Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Officiant services provided for commitment ceremonies or unity services. A ceremony may be religious or secular, formal and traditional, or loose and unstructured. Also offered are special types of packages, such as candle lighting or culturally specific ceremonies, baby blessings, christenings, and naming ceremonies.

Allen V. Harris, Pastor
Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1010 Park Ave. (at 85th St.), New York, NY 10028-0991

This church has offered same-sex, covenant ceremonies since 1992. The Board of Elders fully affirms the worth, gifts, and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual persons.

Father Charles B. Burrell, OSJD
St. Joseph House - National Catholic Church of America
Box 427, West Park, NY 12493

The National Catholic Church of America is an inclusive Catholic body, which celebrates the diversity of God’s people and offers the sacraments without regard to sexual orientation, gender or marital status.

North Carolina

Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers
Wedgewood Baptist Church
4800 Wedgewood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210

“Distinctions of power, privilege and estate, which apply outside these doors, do not apply within our doors. Women, men and children; persons of any color, culture, age, ability, economic status, sexual or affectional orientation; skeptics and those who pursue common or unorthodox religious paths — all are welcome here.” Rev. Dr. Ayers gladly officiates same-sex marriage ceremonies for church members at no charge. No charges for members’ use of buildings. He does not officiate ceremonies for non-Wedgewoodians. Other clergy at the church may be available for non-members; rates negotiated for clergy services. Non-church members are charged for building use.

Ms. Lynne Benton, Pastoral Leader
Emmaus Metropolitan Community Church
P.O. Box 346, 1705 Saint Augustine Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28326
910-261-0096; 910-487-3347;

Offers ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Rev. Carl Johnson
Fish Tales Ministry
65 Glen Road, PMB 128, Garner, NC 27529

Rev. Johnson offers commitment ceremonies for LBGT couples. Whether it’s called a union, commitment, wedding, or joining; whatever you choose, Reverend Johnson provides for that loving sacrament for you and your mate.

Rabbi Steve Lebow
Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062

Rabbi Steven Lebow, the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth (Reform) in Atlanta, GA, has been performing same-sex weddings since 1991. He frequently travels to South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee to work with same sex couples. He will perform a Jewish, interfaith, or secular weddings. He is warm and welcoming and will make sure your wedding ceremony is fun and spiritual! Rabbi Lebow’s synagogue is open to same-sex ceremonies. Temple Kol Emeth was founded in 1982 by seven families who desired a Reform Jewish presence in Cobb County. It has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1987.

North Dakota — no current contacts

Northern Mariana Islands — no current contacts


Pastor Linda Meredith
Emmanuel Fellowship Church
60 North Arlington St., Akron, OH 44305

Offering spiritual services to bless same-sex couples.

Rev. L. Annie Foerster
St. John’s Unitarian Church
320 Resor Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45200
513-961-1938; fax 513-961-4008;

Rev. Foerster provides a spiritual service with meaning to the couple, taking place in the church, their home, or one of many nearby nature settings. St. John’s has a large gay/lesbian population with both social and social action groups for gay men and lesbians as part of its regular programming.

Rev. Raeanna Biddle
Eternal Joy Church (MCC)
2382 Kennedy Ave., Dayton, OH 45420

Eternal Joy is a Metropolitan Community Church affiliate and the largest and oldest church in greater Dayton that ministers primarily to the LBGT community. They offer an attractive, intimate chapel setting for ceremonies. Ceremonies are based on The Book of Common Prayer, or can be designed to reflect a couple’s unique relationship. Premarital counseling is required of all couples.

Rev. Christine Retherford
PO Box 2401, Dayton, OH 45401-2401

Serving the GLBT community of Ohio. Same-sex ceremonies (called Holy Union, Commitment, or Wedding) can be performed at most locations in our service area.

Oklahoma — no current contacts


Rev. Thomas Disrud
First Unitarian Church of Portland
1011 Southwest 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97212

Terri Campfield-Daniel
Ordained Humanist Minister and Ceremony Officiant
6375 Kingwood Ave. Redmond, OR 97756
541-549-4004; cel 541-306-7450;

Terri is a certified wedding officiants who primarily serves central Oregon and has performed about a hundred same-sex ceremonies in various locations across the U.S. She is ordained by the Humanist Society (formerly the Humanist Society of Friends), a division of the American Humanist Association, an organization, founded in 1941, which is dedicated to secular, free thought, and strongly supports the rights of GLBT people to legally marry.


Rev. Cait Finnegan
St. Ciaran’s Celtic Christian Church
PO Box 283, Canadensis, PA 18325

“Relationships between homosexual persons are to be honored and supported, and the Church’s ministry is present to help them become and be life-giving. If a homosexual couple wishes to make a public commitment to each other, the Church blesses such a desire and celebrates it by means of a marriage ceremony presided over by one of its clergypersons (in various parts of the United States). Since the Celtic Christian Church is a fully sacramental church, such a marriage is a sacrament, and may be called a marriage, wedding, holy union, bonding, or the like.”

Rev. Judy Welles
Rev. Duane Fickeisen
Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley
Box 549, Carlisle, PA 17013

Rev.s Welles and Fickeisen work with couples to create meaningful and personal union ceremonies, child dedications, memorial services, and other rites of passage. Their congregation (chartered in March, 1998) welcomes all in sympathy with their purposes regardless of age, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, or religious background.

Fr. Ken Denski
Old Catholic Church of Utrecht
Box 516, Southampton, PA 18966

Old Catholic is an inclusive community, ministering to all who seek assistance. Fr. Denski’s ministry is primarily within long-term care facilities in the metro Philadelphia area, but he also does marriage ceremonies.

Most Reverend Bruce J. Simpson, OSJB
Benedictine Order of Saint John the Beloved
Box HCI 23Z20, White Haven, PA 18661

Archbishop Simpson is available for Holy Union services in the Pocono area. The Benedictine Order of Saint John the Beloved offers a full Catholic sacramental life in an environment welcoming to all.

Puerto Rico — no current contacts

Rhode Island — no current contacts

South Carolina

Rev. Mikeal Chapman, Pastor
Apostolic Church for All People
7551 Hwy 56 South, Clinton, SC 29325

Pastor Chapman has performed weddings for same-sex couples for the past three years. The Apostolic Church for All People is a chartered congregation of the National Gay Pentecostal Alliance.

Rabbi Steve Lebow
Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062

Rabbi Steven Lebow, the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth (Reform) in Atlanta, GA, has been performing same-sex weddings since 1991. He frequently travels to South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee to work with same sex couples. He will perform a Jewish, interfaith, or secular weddings. He is warm and welcoming and will make sure your wedding ceremony is fun and spiritual! Rabbi Lebow’s synagogue is open to same-sex ceremonies. Temple Kol Emeth was founded in 1982 by seven families who desired a Reform Jewish presence in Cobb County. It has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1987.

South Dakota — no current contacts


Rev. Jeff Briere, Minister
Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga
3224 Navajo Drive, Chattanooga TN 37411

Services include: holy unions, commitments, weddings; baby dedication ceremonies for couples having or adopting children; personalized, non-judgmental memorial services. A Welcoming Congregation of the UUA.

Rev. Christian D. Thompson, UCM Bishop
Cathedral of Hope Ministries
4320 Ringgold RD, East Ridge, TN 37412
423-591-4568, #9 option 2;;

“Affirming all of God’s children through faith and life. Offering hope to all, regardless of social status. Celebrating love through Christ.”

Reverend Michael W. Cooper
7700 Yount Road, Knoxville, TN 37931

Rev. Cooper does not have a congregation, but is ordained with Universal Life Church and holds their principles and beliefs. He offers union and commitment services (subject to legal age restrictions and approval), weddings and other spiritual services; all denominations or non-denominational.

Father Ken Zelten
Ministers In a Minute
P.O. Box 770164, Memphis, TN 38177

Tastefully done commitment ceremonies performed for the Memphis mid-south area.

Rabbi Steve Lebow
Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, GA 30062

Rabbi Steven Lebow, the Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth (Reform) in Atlanta, GA, has been performing same-sex weddings since 1991. He frequently travels to South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee to work with same sex couples. He will perform a Jewish, interfaith, or secular weddings. He is warm and welcoming and will make sure your wedding ceremony is fun and spiritual! Rabbi Lebow’s synagogue is open to same-sex ceremonies. Temple Kol Emeth was founded in 1982 by seven families who desired a Reform Jewish presence in Cobb County. It has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1987.


Craig Franklin, Pastor
Kingdom Seekers in Christ Jesus
81 San Marcos St., Austin, TX 78702

Kingdom Seekers offers same-sex marriages. Everyone is welcome to their church — gay or straight, white or black, regardless of denomination.

Rev. Kathleen Ellis
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brazos Valley
305 Wellborn Road, College Station, Texas
mailing: Box 9844, College Station, TX 77842-7844

Rev. Ellis offers union services and meets with prospective couples to help them plan a ceremony that is appropriate to their beliefs as well as their family and friends.

Rev. Michael Piazza
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs; Dallas, TX 75235

The Cathedral of Hope is the largest lesbian and gay church in the world and performs hundreds of ceremonies yearly.

Rev. Kellie Rupard-Schorr
Metropolitan Community Church of EL Paso
900 Chelsea, El Paso TX 79903
P.O.Box 3121, El Paso TX 79923

MCC El Paso offers pre-union counseling, planning, and holy union services designed for the faith quests and spiritual needs of all people. Wedding ceremonies incorporate the perspectives of the couple.

Rev. Deborah Clugy-Soto
Desert View United Church of Christ
11160 Montwood Dr., El Paso, TX 79936

The blessing is called whatever name a couple chooses; Holy Union, Commitment Ceremony, Wedding, etc. Ceremonies are individually developed after pre-wedding counseling. Desert View is an “Open and Affirming Congregation” which welcomes all people no matter where they are in their journey.

Rev. Craig C. Roshaven
First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112
817-451-1505; fax 817-451-0963;; Pastor’s email:

Rev. Roshaven offers union services and meets with prospective couples to help them plan a ceremony that is appropriate to their beliefs as well as their family and friends.

Rev. Dr. Russell K. Elleven
Humanists of Ft. Worth
P.O. Box 291301, Ft. Worth, TX 76129

Will provide individualized Holy Union services.

Very Rev. Tony Begonja and Rev. Fran Begonja, SSBM
Fullness of Life Community Church / Saint Oscar Romero Ministries
PO Box 451342, Garland, Texas 75045-1342
Fr. Tony 214-566-3936; Rev. Fran 214-566-3931;;

Rev. Clifton T. Ransom, Jr., J.D., LLM
(The Apostolic Catholic Church in America)
3919 Point Clear Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459-3710

Utah — no current contacts

Vermont Legal Marriage is available in Vermont.
      [See our article: Vermont Offers Marriage]

Rev. Jane Dwinell
First Universalist Parish, Unitarian Universalist
Box 454, Derby Line, VT 05830

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
Box 857, Middlebury, VT 05753
802-388-8080; (church administrator) or (church president)

Champlain Valley Unitarian is lay-led, and has several, regular visiting ministers, all of whom perform union or commitment ceremonies. The church has voted unanimously to request Welcoming Congregation status from the UUA.

Rev. Brendan Hadash
Universalist Church
47 Cherry St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Dr. Richard (Dick) P. Caldwell
Life Enrichment Center of Southern Vermont
Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Route 30, Manchester, VT
mailing: 27 Glebe Mountain Road; Windham, VT 05359
802-875-1021; 888-859-5136; fax 802-875-1022;

Marriage service can be religious, spiritual or strictly civil. Dr. Caldwell, an ordained metaphysical/New Thought minister, uses whatever term the couple is comfortable with: wedding, marriage, holy union, commitment ceremony etc. The Center is an all-faith church fellowship, not affiliated with any denomination, and welcomes all for services on Sundays at 10am.

Virgin Islands — no current contacts


Monsignor Micheal K. Carroll, OSP
Saint Patrick’s — American Catholic Church
Box 367, Basye, VA 22810

An affirming and open church that will do Catholic (non-Latin rite) liturgical ceremonies for all, regardless of sex, denomination, sexual orientation, race or age. Will do weddings and unions in Connecticut, Delaware D.C. Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia.

Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond
2501 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220
804-353-9477; or

“We are committed to providing marriage and holy union ceremonies, as well as pastoral support for same-gender couples. They need not be members of the congregation. We also have a beautiful sanctuary and celebration space. The name of the ceremony is dependent on the couple’s preference, although we prefer wedding or marriage because we believe these are marriages: committed, lifelong partnerships of love and whole, shared living.”

New Life MCC of Hampton Roads
5701 Thurston Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23455

“New Life offers Christian-based ceremonies for same-sex couples. They prefer the couple to have been in a loving, monogamous relationship for a minimum of one year and attend a couple of meetings with the officiating minister before the ceremony.”

Rev. Adelle Barr
Heaven’s Tableland Church
Box 2674, Williamsburg, VA 23187

“We will conduct counseling if desired and will help make a bulletin for your special day. If you are Christian and wishing to have a Christian ceremony we would love to talk to you.”


Rev. Sue Zeal Oliver, Director
Center for Spiritual Awakening
3430 Pacific Ave. SE, PMB 242 ST A6, Olympia, WA 98501

Rev. Sue Oliver is a licensed minister who performs same-sex ceremonies, weddings, life partner blessings, and spiritual partnership counseling in the greater Puget Sound area. She tailors the ceremonies to the wishes of the partners and their loved ones, and creates an open, interfaith sacred, and celebratory atmosphere for participants.

Rev. David C. Strong
Community Church of Joy
5311 - 13th Ave., S., Seattle, WA98108-2313

Rev. Robert L. Withrow, M.Div., Vicar
St. Aelred’s Orthodox Parish
Orthodox Catholic Diocese of the Holy Cross
5418 Muir Court, SE, Lacey, Washington 98503

St. Aelred’s primary apostolate is to the GLBT community, and offers the Sacrament of Matrimony to same-sex couples. They are an open and affirming parish that meets the first Saturday afternoon of each month. The congregation currently meets in Tacoma, but may move to Olympia.

West Virginia

The Rev. Master Jordan Osborne
East West Zendo
Box 214, Bluefield, WV 24701

Rev. Osborne is open to Christian, Jewish and Buddhist couples.


Rev. Suzelle Lynch
Unitarian Universalist Church West
13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005

Rev. Lynch offers personalized Services of Union (holy union, commitment, weddings), baby welcoming and dedication ceremonies, and memorial services.

Pastor Jackie Mallory / Elder Joan Glascock
Footstep Fellowship
PO Box 171, Wausau WI 54402-0171

“Footstep Fellowship is an ‘open and affirming congregation.’ We provide a supportive environment for same-sex couples who desire to worship and celebrate their love for each other. We call the blessing by whatever name the couple chooses. Ceremonies are individually developed after pre-wedding counseling. Footstep Fellowship welcomes full participation in the life and leadership of the church by persons of all orientations. We are independent, non-denominational, and affiliated with the Alliance of Christian Churches.”

Wyoming — no current contacts

If your congregation wishes to be listed, please ask the officiator to contact us with all of the following information:
• Contact Person
• Congregation
• Full Street Address or Post Box
• Phone
• E-mail
• Web site if available
• Brief sentence about the commitment to same-sex ceremonies, and the name used to describe the ceremonies (marriage, wedding, holy union, bonding, etc.)

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Religious Support for Ceremonial Marriage
Religious Support for the Legal Right to Marry
Governments that offer Full Legal Marriage

    Netherlands (2001)
    Belgium (2003)
    Canada (2005)
    Spain (2005)
    South Africa (2005)
    Norway (2009)
    Sweden (2009)
    Iceland (2010)
    Argentina (2010)
    Portugal (2010)
    Denmark (2012)
    France (2013)
    New Zealand (2013)
    Brazil (2013)
    Uruguay (2013)
    New Zealand (2013)
    United Kingdom
      (England, Wales, Scotland) (2013)
    Luxembourg (2014)
    Finland (2014)
    Ireland (2015)
    United States (2015)
    Colombia (2016)
    Germany (2017)
    Taiwan (2017)
    Malta (2017)
US States & Territories

    Massachusetts (2004)
    California (2008)
    Connecticut (2008)
    Iowa (2009)
    Vermont (2009)
    New Hampshire (2009)
    District of Columbia (2009)
    New York (2011)
    Maine (2012)
    Washington (2012)
    Maryland (2013)
    Rhode Island (2013)
    Delaware (2013)
    Minnesota (2013)
    Illinois (2013)
    Utah (2013)
    New Jersey (2013)
    Hawaii (2013)
    New Mexico (2013)
    Michigan (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
    Oregon (2014)
    Wisconsin (2014)

    Arkansas (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
    Pennsylvania (2014)
    Indiana (2014)
    Nevada (2014)
    Virginia (2014)
    Oklahoma (2014)
    Idaho (2014)
    West Virginia (2014)
    Alaska (2014)
    Arizona (2014)
    Wyoming (2014)
    Kansas (2014) - stayed pending legal challenge
    Florida (2014)
    Colorado (2014)
    North Carolina (2014)
    South Carolina (2014)
    Montana (2014)
    Alabama (2015)
    U.S. Supreme Court (June 26, 2015):
      Ruling: All U.S. States must now
      allow same-sex couples the
      freedom of legal marriage.
Native American Tribes

    Coquille Tribe, Oregon (2009)
    Mashantucket Pequot, Connecticut (2011)
    Suquamish Tribe, Washington (2011)
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington (2013)
    Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota (2013)
    Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan (2013)
    Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan (2013)
    Santa Ysabel Tribe, California (2013)
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation, Washington (2013)
    Cheyenne, Oklahoma (2013)
    Arapaho, Oklahoma (2013)
    Leech Lake Tribal Court, Minnesota (2013)
    Puyallup Tribe, Washington (2914)
    Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming (2014)
    Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan, (2014)
    Colville Confederated Tribes, Washington (2014)
    Central Council of Tlingit, Alaska (2015)
    Haida Indian Tribes, Alaska (2015)

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