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Vow Renewal, Gay Marriage and The Power of the Agreement

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What a fabulous weekend for me and the couples that I was privileged to serve!

For starters, I was hired by a man looking to celebrate his 5th Wedding Anniversary with a surprise Vow Renewal ceremony for his wife. After careful consideration of what to call the ceremony, he changed the “title” to a Re-dedication Ceremony, He wanted a private ritual for just he and his wife and was hoping to not offend any relatives that were not going to be invited in the process. He was hoping that the new term would ease any reaction when word got out what had transpired. During the closing days of the week before the ritual, he disclosed his plan to his wife because they are not in the habit of keeping secrets from each other… How Sweet!

I researched a park that I had been in about four years ago for a photo shoot and found several “perfect” spots in Wellness Park in Palm Springs. Several areas in the small desert-scaped park located near Desert Regional Hospital are quite beautiful including rock formations, plantings, a labyrinth and a small fountain. We choose the fountain and gathered there Friday at dusk. Heartfelt exchanges by husband and wife I their own words and acknowledgement by me for the many things that grace their lives together. I included a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, a prose poem reading from The Prophet about marriage and closed with a John Lennon song, “Grow Old Along with Me”.

And then, on Saturday morning, under a splendid blue sky and at the same park, I meet a male couple that were celebrating their 32nd Anniversary together that day and joined them in marriage. We met at the entrance to the park and proceeded to the same fountain area. The men were joined by six friends and relatives. The two grooms promised “to continue” to honor and love one another. They exchanged rings as well. They had a Breaking of Glasses Jewish Ritual at the end of the short ceremony. “Breaking the glasses” signifies, among other things, that life is fragile and requires a great amount of care if a relationship is to succeed. Family, friends and I concluded the ritual with a traditional “Mazel Tov” ! [“Congratulations And Good Luck!”]
I concluded the ceremony by addressing the power of the agreement they had just made, their love for each other, and the seriousness with which they made this continued commitment. I pronounced them husband and husband which, of course, was followed by kisses!

Rev. Ron King
Palm Springs, CA

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Lesbian and Gay Weddings

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Blog-Photo-8.20.13_38f66019eb79e6ac1a7a9fc614cc7bcfVows & Kisses California Ministers are very excited to be able to continue efforts in support of gay marriages. Reverend Susan Tracy has been busy officiating gay weddings at the State Capital Rose Garden, I just officiated my first legal marriage of two beautiful women at the Palm Event Center, Pleasanton. And, Reverend Ron King officiated the first gay wedding at Indian Wells, in Palm Springs area.

I am personally inspired by Reverend Ron King’s posting, as the wedding couple’s family and friends recognized the beauty and importance of a personalized wedding ceremony. Congratulations Reverend Ron!

“Last evening, I had the pleasure of officiating at the first same-sex wedding held at the IW Club in Indian Wells, CA. The men were from St. Lewis. MO and their guests included people from St. Lewis and the Palm Springs area. One of the grooms is a well-known florist and he created the most amazing and beautiful floral arrangements for the wedding area and the banquet table. The dinner was the best I think I ever had, anywhere.

One of the guests took to the microphone before the dinner began and talked about his relationship with the men and then noted that the wedding ceremony was the most beautiful and meaningful wedding ceremony that he had ever experienced and the 30 guests started to applaud in affirmation. I was a bit overwhelmed (and loved every clap!)”

-Rev. Ron King

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SCOTUS Ruling June 26, 2013

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Gay Californians celebrate today with family, friends and supporters the decision announced by The US Supreme Court overturning Prop 8. The court affirmed the lower district court ruling re. standing. Prop * is now voided. We also celebrate the overturn of the so called Defense of Marriage Act.
Vows and Kisses joins in this celebration, and ministers in this association stand ready to assist couples in the preparation of their wedding ceremonies in California as well as the other 12 states and the District of Columbia that allow same-gendered marriage.

Additionally, this association knows that this news also effects people that do not support same-gendered marriage. We encourage you to keep your hearts open to these changes that you do not support. We acknowledge that this news may have been difficult for you to hear. Individually, our ministers may be available to offer counseling and support if you wish to contact and plan appointment time with them on this or any other topic.

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Preparing for Prop 8

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However the Supreme Court rules on marriage equality, many emotions from indignation to joy will be heightened. As an Interfaith Minister I am committed to and encourage my associates and people of all religions, agnostic and atheists to deepen our personal, spiritual, practice of prayer and meditation with the intention to support each other with love and compassion. Vows and Kisses Interfaith Wedding Celebrants will continue to solemnize all Unions of Love, inclusive of all faiths, gender-preference, agnostic and atheists.

Love does not discriminate.

We are here to support you.

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