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.
Syracuse and Northwestern New York
Auburn Unitarian Universalist Society
Rev. Dr. Stanley Sears
607 N. Seward Avenue
Auburn, NY 13021
We welcome the LGBT community. Our minister has been performing same-sex weddings (believing that God and our faith have been ahead of the state) for nearly 20 years.
First Universalist Society of Central Square
Rev. Margaret Hart
3243 Fulton St.
Central Square, NY 13036
Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University
Tiffany Steinwert, Dean of the Chapel
Syracuse, NY 13244
As an interfaith chapel, Hendricks Chapel welcomes people of all faiths and no faith to be married in our sanctuary. We have staff chaplains of various traditions as well as invite couples to bring in officiants from their own communities.
United Church of Christ First Congregational
Rev. Joe Connolly
11 West Main St.
Norwich, NY 13815
We recognize, celebrate, and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming into the life of the church persons of every age, race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental ability, economic status and family structure.
Unitarian Universalist Church
Rev. Lucy Ijams
10 Higby Road
Utica, NY 13501
We have been a “Welcoming Congregation” for many years. The national UU Church initiated a program several years ago that committed the congregation to the support of LGBT people. We have had quite a few LGBT marriages over the years in our church.