LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER OR QUESTIONING, INTERSEX, ASEXUAL (LGBTQIA+) RIGHTS
Officiant Carmen George (She/Her)
Your wedding day should be all about your love for each other. The current laws in the United States of America protect your right to marry. If you are coming from another country to marry in the USA, your marriage will be recognized around the world except in countries with hate or ignorance toward the LQBTQA+ community.
Vermont and USA Laws
Vermont’s Marriage Equality Act became law on Sept 1 2009 making Vermont the first state to legalize same gender marriage through legislation instead of court ruling.
Federal Protection of Same Gender Marriage
U.S. Supreme Court made same-gender or same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states on June 26, 2015. It is illegal to deny legal marriage services to couples based on their gender identity.
IT'S YOUR WEDDING DAY
Design it to fit what the two of you want. I am one of an LGBTQ+ Inclusive business and am certified by Equally Wed.
Now let's talk about your wedding!
Please let me know which pronouns you use, e.g. she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/their, ze/hir
FLOWERS TO FIT YOU
For people who don't want a corsage, bouquet or boutonniere I offer a boutonsage. It is a cross between a corsage and a boutonniere.
Men can have bouquets or lays.
Maid of Honor or Best Man can be used, however I can use the term Person of Honor to keep it gender neutral.
I do not say you may kiss the bride. I say "You may begin the celebration of your marriage with a kiss!" unless me saying "Kiss the bride is something you would like me to say."
Dress in the clothing you want - dress or suit, grand or casual, cultural or traditional. Rainbows are encouraged.
Ask the venue to replace gender binary bathroom signage with gender neutral signage. That way you and your guests all feel welcome and avoid awkwardness.
GREAT VERMONT RESOURCES
I donate to and support the following organizations.