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    Happily Ever After Usually Comes with Fair Fights

    Happily Ever After Usually Comes with Fair Fights

    Since couples come to me, almost universally, for a wedding only and not for pre-marital counseling, I usually don’t have a lot of input as to what will make their…

    No Such Thing As a Perfect Mate

    No Such Thing As a Perfect Mate

    I don’t ask couples why they’re getting married. Should it matter to me as their officiant? Some tell me that they want to share the love they’re feeling with family…

    Fantabulousness at the Imperial Court’s 49th Coronation

    Fantabulousness at the Imperial Court’s 49th Coronation

    What does one wear to a coronation? I’ve never had to ask myself that question before. But, as I was asked to give a Jewish blessing/prayer at the San Francisco…

    Multiple Marriages, Same Spouse!

    Multiple Marriages, Same Spouse!

    If someone says they’ve been married more than once, in mainstream US culture the listener would assume the speaker got married, divorced, and then married someone else. Sure, there have…

    Traveling at the Speed of Love: Winning the Race for Equality

    Five years ago last week, on Election Day 2008, California’s electorate passed Prop 8, marking perhaps the most notable low point in the marriage equality movement when a minority was…

    Nature’s Glorious Cathedrals

    Nature’s Glorious Cathedrals

    By Elizabeth River A few weeks ago, I had the honor of marrying two brides from Indiana who traveled to our beloved California for their wedding. I learned later that…

    More Love and More Marriage

    More Love and More Marriage

    The latest California public opinion poll shows record support for marriage equality — 64% of likely voters and 61% percent of all adults. This news made us realize how wonderful…

    Marriage Involves Conscious Efforts

    Marriage Involves Conscious Efforts

    In every wedding ceremony in which I officiate I recite this quote: “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.…

    I’m Not Just a Marriage Equality USA Volunteer, I’m Also a Client

    I’m Not Just a Marriage Equality USA Volunteer, I’m Also a Client

    One week from today, I expect my life paradoxically to stay pretty much exactly the same, yet at the same time to change utterly, in ways I’m not sure I…

    The Language of Love

    Bonita and Annie are a Christian couple who have been together for over 20 years. Both women are active in the equality movement and suggested we all 3 collaborate in…

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