If you are looking for a less-than-traditional officiant for your North Carolina wedding, I might be your girl!
After the supreme court ruled same-sex marriage legal, North Carolina's general assembly quickly retaliated with a bill that allowed magistrates all across the state to recuse themselves from performing same-sex weddings. In order to circumvent any discrimination lawsuits, the bill required that those magistrates recuse themselves from performing all weddings. This required magistrates from other counties to come in and pull the load in some cases, entire days when no weddings could be performed at all in others, and left many, many people having to wait longer than they wanted, or to travel to other counties, to get married.
I have been married for nearly thirteen years now, to a man whom I love so much that I often wonder how I would survive without him. I love being married, and I want every person to be able to marry the person they love, no matter what. I was moved to become ordained in order to perform legal marriages for any and all people. In 2015 I was officially ordained through the Universal Life Church and can legally perform marriage ceremonies in the state of North Carolina. Marriage is every consenting adult's right, and I wanted to help make that right more accessible in any way that I could. I was fortunate, in a land and time when fear and discrimination is still very prevalent, to be born heterosexual and cisgender, so that I could get married with no backlash or argument. It is my dream that the day will arrive when all of my LGBTQIA, gender-fluid, not-quite-straight sisters and brothers no longer suffer judgement, discrimination, and hardship when they wish to marry. Until then, I am available to be sure that we can all enjoy the absolute beauty of marriage.* Because above all else, I believe in love.
If you'd like to talk to me about performing your wedding, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*I strive to be the most powerful ally I can be. That does not include only one group. I try daily to understand my privilege and to see it ever more clearly. I am, however, always learning. If I have used any language here that is not inclusive or could be worded more appropriately, please tell me. I know I still have much to learn, and I welcome your help and guidance.