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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…

Forging a New Destiny

Forging a New Destiny

How do we discuss marriage with people who continue to think that same sex marriage is wrong? I don’t believe that explaining the historic facts around the biblical injunction would…