Places of Worship: Southeastern New York and Poughkeepsie

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.

Southeastern New York and Poughkeepsie

Christ Episcopal Church
The Rev. Wm. Blake Rider
20 Carroll St.
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

Orangetown Jewish Center
Rabbi Paula Mack Drill; Rabbi Craig Scheff
8 Independence Avenue
Orangeburg, NY 10962

We welcome conversation with couples about Jewish commitment ceremonies and wedding ceremonies. We applaud the marriage law in New York state. The OJC is a welcoming, inclusive and egalitarian Conservative Jewish community. While both rabbis would welcome conversation with any couple that is thinking about marriage, we would only be able to perform ceremonies for couples where both partners are Jewish.

Palisades Presbyterian Church
Angela Maddalone
117 Washington Spring Street
Palisades, NY 10964

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Rev. Patt Kauffman
31 West Main Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771

St. Peter's is a Reconciling in Christ congregation; we affirm and welcome all, regardless of race, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation and work to support the God-given dignity of all people. We have worked and prayed for this day - God is good! We are happy and humbled to solemnize weddings between two loving individuals. Check out our website for more information.

Temple Sholom
Rabbi Michele Brand Medwin
5 E. Dillon Rd.
Monticello, NY, 12701
845 794-8731

We welcome couples of all kinds into our congregation. Rabbi Medwin performs Jewish wedding ceremonies. At least one of the partners needs to be Jewish and the non-Jewish partner be willing to married in a Jewish wedding ceremony.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills
Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull
320 Sawkill Road
Kingston, NY 12401

Weddings both on the grounds of our congregation and off-site. As Unitarian Universalists in the heart of the Hudson River Valley we are at home with inclusive love and marriage and "stand on the side of love" with other Unitarian Universalists as we anticipate many weddings--gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender--in the days and years to come.