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Congratulations! Taking a stand for love is the beginning of showing the world who you are and the power you have for making your own choices.    I am so thrilled that Washington DC, Maryland, New York, Delaware as well as other states have recognized the need for marriage equality.  So whether you marry in DC , MD, DE or NYC, I want to help you. 

 

I enjoy serving same-gender loving couples, because it helps me to stand up for what I believe, and it helps me to evolve into a better person.  My service as a pro gay officiant and same-sex wedding minister, is to help you carve and shape your ceremony into a reflection of  your love.  I will work with you to create a uniquely special homily that demonstrates who you are.

 

Even if you choose not to participate in the writing of your wedding ceremony, I will create one for you that's built from your inner feelings, uniqueness, beauty, and beliefs.  Either way, your wedding will show a glimpse into your future and who you are.

 

MD, NY, DE & DC Gay Marriages, USA Nuptials, and Commitment Ceremonies can be:

 

Christian

Nondenominational

Non-Religious

Interfaith

Spiritual

 

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.

 

 

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Planning a destination ceremony in DC, MD, DE, NYC,  is no different from planning a wedding or some other life changing event.  So relax and get ready to plan your special day. 

 

I have provided some friendly ceremony planning tips to take the mystery out of planning a commitment celebration or a wedding.  So start planning your special event with these tips and suggestions.  

 

 

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Changing Your Name

 

If changing your name is important to you, then you must get a certified marriage license from the DC Superior Court (for DC marriages) or from the City Clerk Office (for New York). 

 

This certified license can be used as a legal filing document for changing your name. 

 

 

 

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Fees  Same Sex Celebrations in the US 

Commitment Ceremonies - Gay Weddings - Lesbian Weddings

 

DC Gay Marriages & Commitment Ceremonies

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

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

 

Rehearsals (same venue as wedding)

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

areas beyond the DC 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

 

MD Same Sex Marriages 

$435 + transportation

 

DE & NY Gay Marriages (Manhattan & Willmington)

$435 + transportation

 

Special rate for DC weekday elopements.  To learn more, call me 202.253.3629 or visit DC Elopements fee page. 

 

Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) Celebration Specials

If you are an active military same sex couple, you can take $45 off the DC Platinum elopement package (click fee and services to learn more).   Offer ends 2015.

 


 

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

 

The above fees are based on 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

 

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About Me

 

I am, Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns, a Nondenominational - Interfaith minister, pro gay officiant, same sex wedding minister, and the founder and director of SJB Ministries LLC and God's Center for Divine Healing.  The center is dedicated to providing distant healing to those outside the Washington DC Metropolitan area and hospital and home visits to those nearby.

 

After four consecutive years of ministerial study at the National Spiritual Science Center in Washington DC (and as part of my program), I became an ordained minister of Spiritual Science.  The Spiritual Science Mother Church was founded in New York City in 1923.  And with more than seven years of ministerial experience, I am prepared for the responsibilities of an interfaith - nondenominational pro gay officiant and same sex wedding minister. 

 

I received further training in the administration of the holy sacraments, under the direction of a well known master administrator of the rites of passage.   Moreover; I am compassionate, ethical, and  professional, and I will work hard with you to ensure that your wedding or commitment ceremony is memorable.  

 

And I have been featured on The Knot (Washington DC) page since 2004.  Kindly stop by and read my reviews, click the link 2013 pick Best of Weddings (login may be required).

 

 

 


 

I am often asked, "Why do you do this" (perform same sex weddings)?

 

And to answer this question, I have always been a rebel, and I have stood up for the rights of others all my life.   This is a part of me that I feel no need to suppress.   It's not easy stepping out as a straight woman and standing up publicly for marriage equality.  But I do it because it is the right thing to do.  And I do it to represent change.

 

My story "Fine Tuning the Real Me"

During my ministerial freshman year, my class composition was 60 percent gay and lesbian and 40 percent straight.  Our class on many days had open dialogue.  During those times, my gay and lesbian classmates shared their stories of pain, frustration, and the psychological impact of being mistreated by those they loved and respected. 

 

These people included and are not limited to their family, friends, church leaders, and others.  Their words echoed throughout my body, touching every fiber of me that stands strong against passive and aggressive acts of discrimination.

 

Moreover, my African American history and personal experiences are replete with the vicissitudes of discrimination.  And these experiences have carved and shaped me into the person I am today.  The most important lesson I learned from the past, is to never repeat the same behavior that made me feel inferior. 

 

"Free at last. free at last, thank God Almighty, we're free at last,"  are the words of my youth.

 

So how could I not support our same-gender loving couples rights to marry and have equal protection under the laws of our nation?  Civil marriage with all its benefits {state and federal} should not be limited to a select group.  It should be a human right without religious interference or a vote from the opposition. 

 

One day it will no longer be a desire in one's home state, a fight for change in others, or a dream for my same-gender loving friends and colleagues, but a reality. 

 

Many ministers of all denominations have been coming forward and apologizing for their ill treatment of our LGBT family.  And some of them are taking a stand for marriage equality as well.  These are stepping stones to healing and recovery.  It is my hope that family members and others will learn from their example and begin to apologize for their actions as well. 

 

If I have ever offended any of our LGBT people unknowingly by my words (not knowing the jargon), then kindly accept my apology.  There is still a lot for me to learn, and I am open to learning from those I serve and other like minded individuals.

 

Stay in peace and love always,

 

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The territory in which I will be offering my services are:  Washington DC; Maryland: Prince Georges County, Calvert County, St. Mary's County, Charles County, Montgomery Count, Howard County; Anne Arundel County, Frederick County; Carroll County; Baltimore County, and Baltimore City; Northern Virginia: Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince Williams County, Richmond VA, and New York City (Manhattan, NY)

 

Important (this is the law)

DC Marriage License can only be used in Washington DC.

MD Marriage License law goes into effect 1/2013

NY Marriage License can only be used in New York.

DE Civil Union License can only be used in Delaware.

Kindly do not ask me to violate these laws.

 

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Meeting (Initial Consultation in person or by Skype)

 

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Once 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 for those in New York and Deleware, meetings can be arranged when I am in town.  No matter where the meetings are held, kindly 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. 

 

For the Washington DC area, 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.

 

 


 

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SJB Ministries LLC 

 Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns 

NYC, DC, MD Wedding Minister and NYC, DC, MD Wedding Officiant 

 

DC: 202.253.3629

revsjburns@gmail.com (perferred)

revsjb@comcast.net

 

 

Serving MD, Northern VA, Manhattan NY, and Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

Same sex marriages are not legal in Maryland or Virginia. 

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

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

However, DC and NY has marriage equality (legal same sex marriages).

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Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns supports

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 Gay Weddings,

Commitment Ceremonies, & Same Sex Weddings

 service to a diverse spiritual community

 

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

 

 

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