The tide has turned! I recall days in the not-so-distant past when I told couples whom I married that it could come any day or never....but to not "hold [their] breath". Boy, was I wrong! Thank goodness! The same-sex marriage dynamic shifted dramatically in 2014 and the momentum thankfully continued for the states with remaining restrictions. As a nation, we went from counting how many states that allowed same-sex marriage to how many didn't. And then the "powers that be"(a.k.a. the US Supreme Court) saw fit to legalize same-sex marriage and as of June 26, 2015, a marriage between 2 people of the same sex became legal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Now, we no longer have to add the prefix of "same-sex" to marriage. It IS as it always should have been. Simply Marriage....
Since I live quite close to DC, here is some important information for same-sex couples choosing to marry in Washington D.C. -- It's never been easier for you to apply for your marriage license in the District of Columbia. Why? Because your officiant at Services of Distinction can file the marriage license application on your behalf. An Application Via Proxy Service (AVP) alleviates the inconvenience of both partners having to be present to file. If you are traveling from another state, why expend all your energy and financial resources simply to travel to DC to put in the application? You can email me copies of your ID and the info for me to complete your application.
For non-residents of D.C., this is a major convenience, in that it basically eliminates your wait for a license. For the full-service fee of $150, Rev. Kirsten will travel to DC, apply for your license and pick it up and have your license ready for you upon your arrival for your wedding in the District. The license fee of $45 is additional.
When "Same-Sex" Marriage became law in the District of Columbia on March 3, 2010, it gave members of the LGBTQ community the right to legally marry within the District. It's taken a few years, but full equality has finally come to the rest of the US.
I have always had the greatest desire to serve a greater part of our society by providing LGBTQ clients a professional service that isn't always readily available to them. Many same sex couples found stumbling blocks in the marriage license application process because the District of Columbia requires them to know who will be officiating their ceremony from the very beginning. They want to get married by someone they know is sensitive to their needs and respectful of their same-sex union. For this reason, going to the church around the corner to hire the services of an officiant wasn't always a viable option.
I not only respect your same-sex union, but I applaud and celebrate it! As one-half of a "racially mixed" marriage, I know that just 40 short years ago I would not have been able to legally marry my husband. I simply cannot imagine that I would have been able to bear that sort of discrimination knowing just how much I love him.
I truly understand the importance of feeling "comfortable" with the person who is standing before you while you exchange vows with the love of your life. (I took the time to find mine and I consider her a friend to this very day!) That's why I offer a free, no obligation consultation to allow us a chance to meet, discuss your needs and to see if we are a good match for one another before you name me on your marriage license application. We can even meet via a call on Skype or Face Time if you are outside a 50 mile radius from my home in Baltimore, MD!
I am DC-licensed and as a wedding celebrant, I perform religious and non-religious, ceremonies. I take your commitment seriously, and consider it to be truly my honor to be share in the joy of your wedding day memories. I am available to travel to other states/countries for ceremonies at your chosen location if DC or MD is not your first choice.
Please feel free to contact me to consult my calendar and to select a date for your BIG day!