Wedding bells are ringing in New York state. Much media attention has been given to religious leaders and communities who oppose marriage equality, so GLAAD is lifting up the places of worship that are willing and excited to participate in the marriages of all couples.
There are many places of worship in New York that are excited about participating in marriage equality. If you want to host your wedding at a house of worship and receive a blessing on your marriage, then contact one of the many churches, synagogues, congregations, community centers, mosques, temples, or worship centers listed below. These are places of worship that would be delighted to host and officiate your wedding. See full list of places of worship.
Buffalo, Rochester and Western New York
1st United Church of Christ
Revs. Bob and Sue Bradbury
1940 Clinton St.
Buffalo, NY 14206
Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Rev. Peggy Meeker
3723 Sweden Walker Rd.
Brockport, NY 14420
Episcopal Church of St Luke & St Simon Cyrene
The Rev. Michael W. Hopkins
17 S Fitzhugh St
Rochester, NY 14614
This is a fully inclusive congregation with an openly gay, married rector. He is willing to talk to anyone who seeks to plan a celebration of their marriage.
First Unitarian Church
Rev. Kaaren Anderson, Rev. Scott Tayler,
Rev. Jen Crow, Rev. Tina Simpson
220 Winton Rd. South
Rochester, NY, 14534
For the last 4 years, all three lead ministers have not signed marriage licenses until marriage was legal for everyone. The Unitarian Universalists have performed weddings for the GLBT community for the last 30 years, and the ministers at First Unitarian are particularly excited to be able to sign the official documents once again. Hurray! NY. We perform services for members and non-members of our congregation, on and off site.
Good Shepherd Community of Faith
Rev. Dr. Barbara Hulsing
187 Southside Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phoenix United Church of Christ
Reverend Deborah Baxter
1280 N French Rd
Buffalo, NY 14228
PMUC is a Unitarian Universalist congregation celebrating and respecting every individual. We profess to have open hearts, open minds, and open arms - extending our love to all who enter our doors. We have a number of GLBT church members, and happily offer legal NY marriage ceremonies (see UUwedding.com for more info). Worship services are at 11 am every Sunday with social hour after. Come, and feel safe & welcomed.
We are a very welcoming and inclusive congregation and would love to be a host site for Jewish wedding ceremonies.