The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways

Same Sex Ceremonies

To paraphrase Justice Kennedy‘s reflections on the ancient and time honored custom of marriage; ‘No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were. Marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons. There is dignity in the bond between all human beings who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices. Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there. It offers the hope of companionship and understanding and assurance that while both still live there will be someone to care for the other.’.

We still have a long way to go with regards to equality and decency, but what beautiful progress we have seen on the marriage front! Love is Love! It’s an honor to celebrate that love in all of its forms and to legally marry couples of all sexual orientations. Whatever are the words you prefer: husband, wife, spouse, lawfully wedded… these are the words that make a marriage legal. Below are some of the incredible ways our couples have chosen to use them!

  • A personalized same sex wedding ceremony for two women who were friends in high school before they ever became lovers. Words by Bob Marley deepen the sentiment this couple feels for each other.

  • A deeply moving same sex wedding ceremony for two women who fell in love as teenagers. Includes words by Tim Keller, a religious blessing, a personal section and personal vows.

  • After three decades of loving, caring and committed relationship, Barbara and Marie were legally married in a same sex ceremony at the Westbury Manor!

  • A short and sweet civil ceremony on the beach for two beautiful women who pledged their lives together and became legally married.

  • A beautiful ceremony for two women who met in 1974. The couple shares personal reflections to mark the significance of the moment. Features a unique vow exchange, honoring the rings they've worn for thirty years.

  • An elegant, minimalistic civil ceremony with a spot light on personal vows and room to grow should you wish to add some of your own touches.

  • Jim and Russel were legally married in a same sex ceremony on stage at Broadway’s Palace Theatre, with the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in attendance. It was their first ever onstage wedding and a magical night for these avid theatre goers and newly weds.

  • A richly symbolic Greek Orthodox ceremony including a Service of Betrothal, Crowning, Candle Lighting and Drinking from a Common Cup. Written for a gay couple, this ceremony is easily adapted to any orientation.

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