Same-sex weddings in the DC area
Those, whom God brings together, should not suffer from the inequities and sifting foundations of civil laws. History has shown us however, that minority groups continue to endure the hardships of bigotry by virtue of their skin color, religious choice, or sexual lifestyle. It is a great relief to witness the tectonic shifts in societal attitudes to same-sex marriage and we are fortunate to live in a region that offers loving couples a chance to publically celebrate and consummate their wedding vows.
Your wedding day will prove to be the most memorable day of your life. In the DC area you will have many choices of where and how to celebrate your love, your commitment to your partner, and vows to share a life of love. Virginia still clings to its entrenched biases; however, Maryland recently passed a bill supporting LGBT marriage rights. And fortunately DC has a terrific set of options for your special day.
One small word of caution. You may wish to conduct a little research into the litany of legal issues associated with drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney and partnership agreements. Legal protections for you and partner can remain difficult in this new LGBT marriage era and you should be aware of issues such as, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, re-deeding houses and properties and how to put your wealth into trusts to insure that your assets really go to the person you love. A little forethought can save you tons of grief in the future.
You can create a religious or non-denominational same-sex wedding ceremony whether you and your partner choose to conduct your celebration in a church or in an outside setting. The focus should be on you and your partner and the people you wish to share in this memorable event. Hallelujah, that we live in enlightened times and in the DC area where love and marriage can be celebrated without prejudice.