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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.

 

Manhattan

Advent Lutheran Church
Rev. J. Elise Brown
2504 Broadway @ 93rd Street
New York, NY 10025
212-665-2504
http://www.adventnyc.org

Christ Lutheran Church
The Rev. Brooke L. Swertfager
123 East 15th Street
New York, NY, 10003
212-475-5906
http://www.ChristLutheranChurchNYC.org

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
57 Bethune Street
New York, NY, 10040
212-929-9498
http://www.cbst.org

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Rabbi Robert N. Levine, Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow, Rabbi Sari R. Laufer, Rabbi Benjamin H. Spratt, Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Cantor Shayna De Lowe
7 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024
212-362-8800
http://rodephsholom.org

We at Congregation Rodeph Sholom are proud of our long history in the struggle for GLBT rights. Almost 20 years ago, we became only the second mainstream Reform congregation to hire an openly lesbian rabbi; at the same time, we began to celebrate Pride Shabbat from our bimah and in our congregation. We have, joyously, blessed same-sex couples on our bimah over the years. Now, we celebrate that these are, in the eyes of the laws of this state, valid and binding.

Congregation Shaare Zedek
Rabbi William Plevan
212 West 93 Street
New York, NY 10025
212-874-7005
http://www.sznyc.org

I am very proud of New York State's decision to allow same-sex marriage and so happy that I can now perform ceremonies for any two Jews who seek me out.

Fourth Universalist Society
Revs. Rosemary Bray McNatt, Jill Bowden, Beth Putnam, Julie Taylor, Jennifer Padre, and Joe Ben-David
160 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
212-595-1658
http://www.4thu.org

Our inclusive Unitarian Universalist congregation welcomes you to Wedding Week! We'll be performing weddings AROUND THE CLOCK beginning at 1 pm Sunday through 9 pm Monday, and from noon to 9 pm on Tues. Wed. and Thurs. Wedding packages available, but no loving couple will be turned away. Call 212-595-1658 to reserve a time. Celebrate marriage equality with us; we look forward to seeing you!

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig
1 West 4th St.
New York, NY, 10012
212-824-2241
http://www.huc.edu

Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House
Rev. Ray Bagnuolo; Rev. Francis S. Rocco
351 E. 74th Street
New York, NY, 10021
212-288-6743
http://www.janhus.org

Welcome!

The Jewish Lifecycle
Cantor Shira G. Belfer
7 East 14th Street, Suite 725
New York, NY 10003
1-888-4-MITZVAH (1-888-464-8982)

The Jewish Lifecycle (TM) is a group of Ordained Jewish Clergy--Cantors, Rabbis, Mohels, and Teachers, representing all movements in Judaism--Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Independent. We can Educate and Officiate at all Jewish Lifecycle events in any location of your choice--private homes, catering halls, synagogues ... ANYWHERE! Pre-Marital, Marriage & Bereavement Counseling

Judson Memorial Church
The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
212-477-0351
http://judson.org

Judson Memorial Church wants to add its joy to that of the great majority of New Yorkers that marriage equality is finally achieved. We no longer need to be ashamed. I even imagine that God is very happy!

Marble Collegiate Church
Kate Troy
Fifth Avenue at 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
212-686-2770

http://www.MarbleChurch.org

Metropolitan Community Church of New York
The Rev. Pat Bumgardner
446 West 36th Street
New York, NY, 10018
212.629.7440
http://www.mccny.org

Wedding procedure: 1. 2 appointments with the pastor prior to the wedding date are required. During the apointments, the wedding will be tailored to the couple's needs and requests. It is best to be open about the wedding date as it has to be co-ordinated with the pastor's schedule. 2. On-site weddings are a $350 donation/off-site weddings are a $500 donation. 3. Available pastors: The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, The Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales

Middle Collegiate Church
Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.
50 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-477-0666
http://www.middlechurch.org

No matter whom you love, no matter how you look, no matter what you do, Middle Church has something specifically for you. You are welcome, just as you are as you come through the door.

Rainbow Wedding Clergy
Rev Alison Caiola
W 113 St
NYC, NY, 10025
917-828-0619
http://www.rainbowweddingclergy.com

Rev Alison is a second generation interfaith minister who has been cuting crafting and joyously performing spiritual, non-denominational, civil and religious same sex ceremonies for over ten years. Her mother and father were the first ministers to perform same sex ceremonies since The Stonewall era. www.rainbowweddingclergy serves NYC, all boros, Long Island and Westchester county.

Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church
Pastor Joseph Tolton
310 West 139th Street
New York, NY 10030
212-462-8805
http://thewellflows.com

Romemu
Rabbi David Ingber
165 West 105th Street
New York, NY 10025
212-580-4294
http://www.romemu.org

Romemu is a Jewish congregation, dedicated to the spirit of our tradition but in complete support of the egalitarian relationships of all people. We are inclusive to all expressions of religion, sexuality and gender orientation.

Saint Peter's Church
Amandus Derr; Jared Stahler; Kaji Spellman; Hector Ribone; William Eschen; Dale Lind; Kevin O'Hara
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212-935-2200
http://www.saintpeters.org

Saint Peter's Church is an evangelical-catholic communion of diverse people and communities publicly seeking God's nourishment and creatively shaping life in the city. Saint Peter's is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, welcoming all people regardless of race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. Saint Peter's is a caring community, supporting and encouraging its members, the needy of the city, and the arts.

Second Presbyterian Church
Pastor Leslie Merlin
6 West 96th St. (sanctuary) 3 West 95th Street (office)
New York, NY 10025
212-749-1700
http://www.secondpresbyteriannyc.org

Our congregation has supported full equality in the church and in society for many years. We are thrilled that real civil rights have finally, FINALLY, come to fruition. We applaud and welcome those who are ready to commit in the covenant of marriage.

St. Mark's in the Bowery (Episcopal)
(The Rev.) Winnie Varghese
131 East 10th. St.
New York, NY 10003
212-674-6377
http://www.stmarksbowery.org

St. John’s Lutheran Church
Pastor Mark Erson
81 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
212-242-5737
http://stjohnslutheranonline.org

St. John's is in the heart of Greenwich Village with the village in its heart. With a Christ-centered welcome to all, a Jazz Ministry, and the hosting of the Christopher Street Coffee House, we seek to celebrate and support the rich diversity of the village. Our doors are open to those who live here and those who visit, those who create and work here and those who come to observe.

The Interfaith Temple
Rev. R. M. Peluso, et al
2672 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
212-222-3711, 212-724-4880
http://www.interfaithtemplenyc.org

We at The Interfaith Temple will gladly perform same-sex marriages. Please visit our website www. interfaithtemplenyc.org to see which minister's background is best for you. You are also invited to Rev. R. M. Peluso's website: www.artoftheceremony.com
Rev. Peluso is celebrating the first week of marriage equality in NYC by performing free weddings in Washington Square park with Rev. Annie Lawrence and others on 7/26.

The Riverside Church
Rev. Stephen H. Phelps
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
212-870-6765
http://www.theriversidechurchny.org

The Riverside Church has been an "open and affirming" congregation for decades. We welcome and celebrate true love in all its kinds.

Town & Village Synagogue
Rabbi Larry Sebert
334 E. 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-677-8090
http://tandv.org

Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish
Pastor Phil Trzynka
602 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
212-228-5254 x. 11
http://trinitylowereastside.org

Trinity Lower East Side welcomes marriage equality in the State of New York, and is honored to participate in marriages of LGBT couples.

Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Heidi Neumark
168 W. 100th St.
NY, NY, 10025
917-374-4212
www.trinitylutherannyc100.org
www.trinityplaceshelter.org

Unitarian Church of All Souls
Galen Guengerich
1157 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY, 10075
212-535-5530
http://www.allsoulsnyc.org

All Souls celebrates with same-sex couples who can now embrace the long-awaited joys and responsibilities of marriage. We have proudly performed same-sex unions in our beautiful sanctuary for decades. Now our ministry team is especially excited to work with you in planning a legal wedding ceremony that is unique and meaningful. Contact Annie Gorycki in the church office – agorycki@allsoulsnyc.org or 212/535-5530 – to find out more.

Unity of New York – A Spiritual Center for Creative Living
Rev. Paul Tenaglia
119 West 23rd Street, Suite 600
New York, NY 10011
212-560-0756
http://www.unityofnewyork.org

Unity of New York is a positive thinking/metaphysical-spiritual philosophy that teaches the worthiness of all living beings. Paul will work with you to create a joyful and moving wedding ceremony that works for you and your belief system. To see more of Unity’s philosophy, visit our website: www.unityofnewyork.org.

West End Synagogue
Rabbi Marc Margolius
190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
212-579-0777 x 226
http://www.westendsynagogue.org

   

West-Park Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear
165 w 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212-362-4890
http://thecentreatwestpark.wordpress.com

West-Park Church was the FIRST mainline church in the City of New York to perform LGBTQ marriages. Pastor has over 30 years experience in LGBTQ marriages. Specialties include bilingual, Spanish/English and interfaith ceremonies. As each couple is unique, so each ceremony should be unique to the couple.