An American Baptist Gay Wedding Ceremony

The Marriage of Laura and Carelie
September 20, 2002


Introduction


Dear Friends, we have come together in the presence of God, family, and friends to witness and celebrate the joining together of Laura and Carelie in holy marriage. The bond of marriage was established in creation. The creator noted, according to Bible tradition, that people should not live life alone. God gave Adam and Eve to one another so that they could live in partnership. Our Lord Jesus Christ acknowledged this manner of life by joining in a marriage celebration in Cana of Galilee. He further blessed the celebration with his first recorded miracle when he changed water into fine wine.

Today's celebration is important and special because the commitments of Carelie and Laura to one another are being marked by public celebration and Christian blessing. The commitments are time tested and well understood, but public acknowledgment has been lacking. Our civil government continues to refuse to grant legal standing and to recognize the virtue of Laura's and Carelie's relationship. Today a part of Christ's Church is recognizing the rightness and the holiness of their relationship. It is with great joy that we come to today's celebration.

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The union of two persons in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy, for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity, and for the securing of the roles of parents, children, and family. Therefore, marriage is not entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance to the purposes for which it was instituted by God and blessed by the Church.

The Commitment to Marriage
Laura, will you have Carelie to be your beloved spouse, to live together in the holy estate of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her, so long as you both shall live?
"I will."

Carelie, will you have Laura to be your beloved spouse, to live together in the holy estate of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her, so long as you both shall live?
"I will."


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Officiated by Rev. Howard Bess
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