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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Take the Marital Plunge

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Take the Marital Plunge

Why do you want to get married? What is it that drives you, calls to you, and makes you sure you are doing the right thing? Are your motives emotional,…

Tips to Minimize Wedding Stress

Tips to Minimize Wedding Stress

Last month, I read a column in another local newspaper, the Jweekly, entitled “Getting married at home? Some tips to help ensure a stress-free celebration.” I was surprised that almost…

Newlyweds Share What It Feels Like to be Legally Married

Newlyweds Share What It Feels Like to be Legally Married

This summer on July 25, I had the joy of marrying two young women from North Dakota. Amy White and Jessica Weisz got married at the Bodega Bay Lodge on…

Why Marriage Matters

Why Marriage Matters

While I am an officiant and this is a weddings column, I am keenly aware that marriage isn’t for everyone. I try to balance my enthusiasm for rituals with the…

Loving and Living the Questions

Loving and Living the Questions

Never before has the legal case for nationwide marriage equality seemed stronger than at the recent Federal Court of Appeal’s argument in the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage cases. For nearly…

Life’s Crossroads

Life’s Crossroads

Summers in San Francisco can be foggy and grey, particularly along the waterfront. So it was a special treat to have the morning fog lift as I was driving with…

Is Marriage Antiquated?

Is Marriage Antiquated?

As I was growing up, my mother worked at the corporate headquarters of Budget Rent-A-Car. The President of the company was Julius Lederer. I mention this because as a bar…

Interview with Rev. Rachel Rivers, Swedenborgian Minister and Wedding Officient

Interview with Rev. Rachel Rivers,  Swedenborgian Minister and Wedding Officient

(Editor’s Note: Reverend Elizabeth River recently interviewed Reverend Rachel Rivers—no relation!—for the SF Bay Times. Still waters run deep here, as both women are experienced, thoughtful officiants who are passionate…

Taking On Conversion Therapy in Texas

Taking On Conversion Therapy in Texas

When Ryan Kendall, a young gay man living in Denver, heard the news back in 2008 that the Califor­nia Supreme Court had ruled in fa­vor of the freedom to marry,…

Getting to “I DO”: Sharing Stories to Change Hearts and Minds

Getting to “I DO”: Sharing Stories to Change Hearts and Minds

Over the course of the marriage equality movement, one key thing we’ve learned in state after state is that sharing our stories with others is critical. The single most powerful…

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