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    Seven Wedding Blessings

    Seven Wedding Blessings

    As an Interfaith minister, I close most weddings with a blessing of some sort, whatever religious traditions the brides and grooms follow. It is one of the traditional elements in…

    Pride in Marriage

    Pride in Marriage

    Bay Area civic pride is palpable, from the Golden State Warriors victory celebrations earlier this month to all of the rainbow motifs now in more businesses than ever before. It…

    Elope, or Have a Wedding?

    Elope, or Have a Wedding?

    Over the 11 years I have been officiating weddings, most couples have chosen to celebrate marriage with a full wedding ceremony surrounded by friends and relatives. But some choose to…

    The Anticipation Builds

    The Anticipation Builds

    As the day draws near for the Supreme Court to issue its decision in the marriage equality cases, the urge to decipher any clue as to what the Court will…

    Working Toward a Giant Victory in June

    Working Toward a Giant Victory in June

    As anticipation builds for the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision this June, we felt lucky to be able to attend Marriage Equality USA’s annual awards celebration shortly after returning…

    Two Grooms on the Threshold of Their Wedding

    Two Grooms on the Threshold of Their Wedding

    My friends Carl Hungerford and Andy Dvorak are just about to get married—next month! They live in San Francisco and have been together for 5 years. I asked them to…

    Marriages Today Just Don’t Work, or Do They?

    Marriages Today Just Don’t Work, or Do They?

    I recently read an online article by Anthony D’Ambrosio who wrote that “marriages today just don’t work.” He went on to mention that his generation (he is 29 years old…

    Couple Facing Second Marriage Challenges with Grace and Integrity

    Couple Facing Second Marriage Challenges with Grace and Integrity

    I recently met with 2 women who have asked me to marry them this fall. Presently, they live apart—Catherine lives in the Sacramento area, and Kit lives in Texas. They…

    Tune Out Fictional Weddings and Tune in to Your Own Marriage Desires

    Tune Out Fictional Weddings and Tune in to Your Own Marriage Desires

    While going from dinner at the food court in San Francisco Centre to ODC’s dance performance in Yerba Buena Center, my boyfriend and I walked through Bloomingdales. Their lower level sales floor contains china, crystal and…

    The Sky, the Tides and the Winds of the Heavens

    The Sky, the Tides and the Winds of the Heavens

    From our greatest poets and writers comes some of the most profound wisdom about marriage and lasting love. Howard Steiermann’s article in the last issue of the San Francisco Bay…

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