Gay Wedding Ceremony (modified traditional)

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This might come in handy if you know a gay couple who are getting married, who are looking for vows but don't like the new-agey bullshit so prevalent out there or the "spouses for life" stuff. This is the Traditional Wedding Ceremony, but modified. No mention of Grooms or Brides, all pronouns changed to "him" and "his," and the conclusion, rather than "husband and wife" or "spouses for life" it is simply "husbands".

Celebrant:

We are gathered here today in the face of this company, to join together Tim and Alex in matrimony; which is an honorable and solemn estate and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently and soberly. Into this estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any one can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

Celebrant to Tim:

Tim, do you take Alex for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?

Tim:

I do.

Celebrant to Alex:

Alex, do you take Tim for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honour, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?

Alex:

I do.

Celebrant: addressing Tim who repeats the marriage vows:

I, Tim, take you, Alex, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part.

Celebrant: then to Alex who repeats the marriage vows:

I, Alex, take you, Tim, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part.

The Celebrant then asks for Alex’s ring from the best man.

Celebrant: (about Alex’s ring):

May this ring be blessed so he who gives it and he who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.

Tim: placing ring on Alex’s finger:

With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.

Celebrant: (about Tim’s ring):

May this ring be blessed so that he who gives it and he who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.

Alex: placing ring on Tim's finger:

With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.

Celebrant:

May this couple be prepared to continue to give, be able to forgive and experience more and more joy with each passing day, with each passing year. Tim and Alex, are now beginning their married life together, we hope that they may have loving assistance from their family, the constant support of friends, and a long life with good health and everlasting love. In so much as Tim and Alex have consented to live forever together in wedlock, and having given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and having declared same by the giving and receiving of a ring, I pronounce that they are husbands.

Celebrant: (to the couple):

You may now seal the promises you have made with each other with a kiss.

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