Each couple experienced a personalized ceremony, including vows they chose, that lasted about 15 minutes. After the wedding, the couple signed their fully legal marriage certificate in the foyer before the wedding party adjourned to a reception – beginning with the newlyweds cutting the traditional top wedding layer for (more!) photos.
“Thank you Emerson for giving me the gift of being able to marry the love of my life,” said one of the happy newlyweds. “Thank the ministers and the church. It is a blessing to marry my soul mate.”
Unitarian Universalists have been long-time, vocal advocates for the rights of LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-questioning) people. According to the Revs. Edmiston-Lange, a UU minister first performed a ceremony of union for a same gender couple in the late 1950s. In 1984, the UUA officially affirmed the practice of conducting services of union for gay and lesbian couples and in 1996 made history by being the first mainline denomination in the U.S. to support full marriage equality.
“It’s been a long time coming, but finally, LGBTQ people are free to enter the central social and legal institution of our society on the same basis as heterosexual couples,” said the Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange. “Millions of people have been waiting for this day; millions of people have been working toward this day. We look forward to celebrating –not only the historical occasion, but this life-changing moment for each couple.”