Posted by: johnrichmanjr | January 10, 2014

Same Sex Ceremony

A Same Sex Ceremony (@10 minutes)

Let us Begin:

Opening words

Friends and family, your presence is welcome on this glorious evening. We have come to celebrate the Wedding of
________ and ________.

Since time immemorial, people have performed ceremonies to mark a transition, a change of status. Today we
gather for that happiest of ceremonies – the change of status from single individuals to a married couple.

It is one of life’s richest surprises when the fateful meeting of two individuals leads them to proceed together along a
common path. It is indeed one of life’s finest experiences when a chance relationship grows into a permanent bond of
love.

This meeting and this love are what bring us together today. The uniting of these two friends to establish a new
family is an important and memorable event. It brings together two separate families and backgrounds and creates a
union that is a sign of hope in the midst of a troubled society.

In their love for each other, which they publicly express in this ceremony, ____________and _________
demonstrate not only their joy in the present but their commitment to share the future together. This is a time of
celebration for all of you who know and love them.

Declaration of Intent

Before you,____________and you, ______________, are joined together in marriage in my presence and in the
presence of these, your family, friends and community, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn, the serious
and the permanent nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.

______________ and ____________, do you come here freely, and without reservation, to enter a marriage as
companions living together as one, enjoying equality? Do you promise to love, respect, assist and look after each
other for the rest of your lives? Are you prepared to live in harmony, and jointly strive for the welfare of your family,
and for a just and equal society?

(Answer) We do.

Vows

(To first participant)
___________, please take ____________’s hand while i recite these vows.

Will you ______, take ______, to be no other than himself.
Loving what you know of him, trusting what you do not yet know,
will you respect his integrity and have faith in his abiding love for you,
through all your years, and in all that life may bring you.

(Answer) I will

To second participant)
___________, please take ____________’s hand while i recite these vows.

Will you ______, take ______, to be no other than himself.
Loving what you know of him, trusting what you do not yet know,
will you respect his integrity and have faith in his abiding love for you,
through all your years, and in all that life may bring you

(Answer) I will

Exchange of Rings

Traditionally, the passage to the status of married couple is marked by the exchange of rings. These rings are a
symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for
each is the giver and each is the receiver.

(To first participant)
______________please repeat these vows phrase by phrase after me.

With this ring I take you, _____________, as my spouse.
I offer all that I am in return,
and pledge to remember, over every day of our lives together,
why we were united here today.”

(To second participant)
______________please repeat these vows phrase by phrase after me.

With this ring I take you, _____________, as my spouse.
I offer all that I am in return,
and pledge to remember, over every day of our lives together,
why we were united here today.

Proclamation

And now, _____________and _________have declared before all of us that they will live together in marriage. They
have made special promises to each other. They have symbolized it by joining hands, taking vows, exchanging rings
and by signing their wedding certificate.
By the authority vested in me by the State of ______________, I now pronounce this couple to be united in marriage.

You may kiss each other!

Presentation

Therefore, on your behalf and on the behalf of the community, I introduce the newly-weds_________ & ______!


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