serving a diverse community since 2004, with over 1000 satisfied couples MD, DC,VA, and NYC

©Paired Images, 301.328.3197

202.253.3629

Proudly Serving All Faiths and All People Equally

11 am - 10 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 Directory

 

  MD Marriage

  License

 

  Availability

 

  About Me

 

  Blog

   

 

  Services

 

  DC Gay Marriages

 

  DC Marriage

  License Agent 

 

  MD Gay Weddings

 

  VA Gay Weddings

 

  NY Gay Marriages

 

 

  Links

 

  DC Frequently

  Asked Questions 

 

  NY Frequently

  Asked Questions 

 

  A Straight Guide

  to LGBT America

 

  Products

 

  WW Reviews

 

  WC Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to request a copy

for your straight family,

 friends, etc. click the

image and change

someone's life.

 

   

 

Maryland Gay Weddings

MD Same Sex Marriages

Virginia Commitment Ceremonies

 

Thanks to ALL Marylanders for supporting  the rights of our gay and lesbians people to marry here in the free state of Maryland.  Officiating same same sex marriage in my home state, Maryland is awesome.   

 

Since marriage equality started in DC and NY, I have presided over 100's of same sex marriages.  Prior to that I officiated many gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies from 2004 - 2009.

 

For those of you who are ready to tie the knot and are in a healthy relationship, let's work together to make it happen.  

 

Your ceremony can be:

Spiritual

Nondenominational

Nonreligious

Christian 

 

It does not matter what your spiritual beliefs are, I have been trained to embrace all faiths and all people openly and unconditionally.  I believe and teach that God loves all.  And we are all created in absolute perfection (gay, lesbian, straight).

 

Commitment Wedding, Lesbian Weddings, Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremony, Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Union Celebration, Civil Unions, Wedding Officiants, Wedding Ministers, Gay Friendly Ministers

 

I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, and I stood with Governor O'Malley and other clergy in support of same sex marriage in Maryland.  In addition, I am a court authorized marriage celebrant, ordained minister, and wedding officiant.   

 

Upon completion of my ministerial program, I started serving our gay and lesbian people.   In 2004, I founded The Chapel of Love Ceremonies, then SJB Ministries LLC in 2006.  

 

My experience has shown me that many couples today, seek a celebrant who respects their beliefs, relationships, and values.   And my training has taught me to embrace cultural and spiritual diversity openly, lovingly, and unconditionally.  

 

As a licensed minister, I am authorized to perform weddings and other rites of passage. 

 

Traveling to your wedding site is not a problem.  I will come to a home (in safe communities only), garden, park, mansion, banquet hall, country club, ballroom, hotel, restaurant, yacht, etc.

 

Letting me know where, when, and how to get there; puts me at the right place at the right time.

 

 

Commitment Wedding, Lesbian Weddings, Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremony, Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Union Celebration, Civil Unions, Wedding Officiants, Wedding Ministers, Gay Friendly Ministers

 

Planning Suggestions

©Mac Photography, 301.793-3360

Planning a MD same sex marriage or Virginia commitment ceremony; it's no different from planning a traditional wedding.  So relax and think about hiring a professional wedding planner or day of coordinator to help you plan your special day. 

 

Meanwhile, I have provided some friendly ceremony planning tips to take the mystery out of planning a commitment celebration or wedding.  To learn more, click the link tips and suggestions or join us on Facebook

  


 

Changing Your Name in Maryland or Virginia

 

Since MD has same sex marriages, changing your names is not be a problem.  Just get a certified copy of the marriage license from the marriage bureau and do the necessary leg work to change your name.

 

However, those living in Virginia will have to  petition the Circuit Court in the county or city where you reside.  Links for the forms are provided below:

Virginia Form

 

If you need more information, kindly contact the Circuit Court Clerk in your jurisdiction.

 

Virginia Circuit Court 

 

Commitment Wedding, Lesbian Weddings, Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremony, Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Union Celebration, Civil Unions, Wedding Officiants, Wedding Ministers, Gay Friendly Ministers

 

Fees  MD Gay Marriages  & Same Sex Weddings

Commitment Ceremonies - Gay Weddings - Lesbian Weddings

 

Small - Large Weddings

$435 (Within the Washington DC & Baltimore Metro Areas)

areas beyond the DC & Baltimore Metropolitan area will be charged .70/mile (each way)

 

Rehearsals (same venue as wedding)

$150 (Within the Washington DC & Baltimore City Areas)

areas beyond the DC & Baltimore Metropolitan area will be charged .70/mile (each way)

Elopements - Private Wedding for 2 (couple only)

call for special weekday rates in MD, DC, & VA

 

VA Commitment Ceremonies (you cannot use a DC or MD marriage license inVA)

$435 areas beyond the DC Metropolitan area will be charged .70/mile (each way)

 

 

If experience matters, call me.  More than 10 years creating customized ceremonies for our LGBT people.  202.253.3629 - Rev. Burns

 


 

Upon booking your wedding with me, you will receive a free ceremony workbook with sample ceremonies, rituals, and readings.  In addition, you will receive a personalized draft ceremony, and along with a pre-wedding questionnaire.  

 

The above fees are based on my experience, writing and revising the ceremony, traveling to and from the wedding site, rehearsal attendance (when needed), wedding party direction and coordination (if needed), my time corresponding with you, officiating the ceremony, signing and mailing the marriage license, and (if applicable) a holiday wedding fee ($60 is added to the base cost).

 

You may reserve your wedding date and time with a $100 nonrefundable  deposit.  This payment can be made by mail with a check or money order (and it is subtracted from your total fee).  I normally collect this fee at the conclusion of our first meeting (in person or over the phone).  The balance is due 60 days before the ceremony.

Making a deposit!  click the link

 

Commitment Wedding, Lesbian Weddings, Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremony, Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Union Celebration, Civil Unions, Wedding Officiants, Wedding Ministers, Gay Friendly Ministers

Meeting (Initial Consultation in person or by Skype)

 

©Jennifer McMenamin Photography, 410.746.3843Once we have agreed on a meeting date and time; kindly confirm it with me the day before or the morning (after 10:00 am) of our meeting.  This way I will know that you are sincere about your wedding plans and meeting with me.  If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you are no longer interested in my services.

 

All meetings are held in Bowie, MD or via Skype.  And I ask that you do not bring kids to the meeting.  Children can be very distracting for this type of business discussion.  Try to consider this a sacred time for you and your fiancé or fiancée. 

 

Our meeting will be held at Panera Bread in the Vista Gardens Marketplace:  10531 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, Bowie, MD  20720. 

 

If you would like to reserve my services at the end of our meeting, you will need and a $100 cash deposit.  Checks and money orders are also accepted. 

 

Click here for directions to my home office.

 

 


 

Gay and Lesbian Weddings

SJB Ministries LLC 

 Rev. SJ Burns 

Maryland Same Sex Wedding Officiant

MD Wedding Officiant and Gay Friendly Wedding Minister 

 

202.253.3629

revsjburns@gmail.com

revsjb@comcast.net

 

Serving MD, VA, and Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

Same sex marriages are not legal in Virginia. 

So many couples are celebrating their love through a jumping of the broom rituals such as;

commitment ceremonies, unity weddings, or declaration of love celebrations. 

©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Domestic Partnership Celebrations, Commitment Wedding, Lesbian Weddings, Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremony, Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Union Celebration, Commitment Weddings, Civil Unions, Same Sex Ceremonies, Same Sex Weddings, Wedding Officiants, Wedding Ministers, Gay Friendly Ministers, Gay Marriages, Gay Rights to Marry, Freedom to Marry

 

 

 

 

Member of several: 

 

Professional Organizations

for Wedding Ministers, Wedding Officiants

and Wedding Professionals

 

Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC

Wedding Ministers & Gay Friendly Wedding Officiants'  Site

NYC gay officiants, DC gay officiants, ny gay wedding officiant, dc gay wedding officiant, ny gay weddings, dc gay marriages, ny gay marriages

 

 

 

 

Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns supports

MD Gay Marriages, Same Sex Weddings, Pro Gay Wedding Officiants 

and Same Sex Wedding Ministers

across the nation who perform

same-gender loving weddings or commitment ceremonies.

 

SJB Ministries LLC is offering MD Gay Weddings,

Commitment Ceremonies, & VA Same Sex Weddings

 service to a diverse spiritual community

 

Serving Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia

Pro Gay Wedding Minister and MD Pro Gay Officiant

 

 

Commitment Wedding, Lesbian Weddings, Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremony, Commitment Ceremonies, Holy Union Celebration, Civil Unions, Wedding Officiants, Wedding Ministers, Gay Friendly Ministers

 

Planning Resources

 

NY Gay Marriages

 

DC Gay Marriages

 

MD Gay Marriages

 

 

There are many terms to describe the sacred union of same sex couples who want the right and

 freedom to marry:  Lesbian Weddings, Gay Marriages, Gay Weddings DC MD VA,  Commitment Ceremonies,

Civil Unions, Holy Unions,  Same Sex Weddings, Same-gender loving weddings

and Domestic Partnership Ceremonies.  However, NY Gay marriages,

DC same sex marriages are here.

 

And I am a Maryland Lesbian Friendly Wedding Minister, MD Pro Gay Officiant,

Maryland Same Sex Wedding Officiant, Washington DC Lesbian Friendly Officiant,

DC Pro Gay Officiant, DC Gay Friendly Minister

and Virginia Lesbian Friendly Minister,

NY Pro Gay Officiant, NYC Gay Officiant.

And I have performed more than 75 Lesbian Weddings & Gay Weddings,

in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Manhattan NY

 

 

©All Rights Reserved

SJB Ministries LLC 2008-2013

 

Revised April 30, 2013

 

 

Back to top