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Want to Get Involved? Here’s how…

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Tags: advocacy, environment, carbon neutral, get involved

Published: Thursday, Mar. 7th, 2019

A growing number of our ministers have asked us how they can support our advocacy efforts, and we’ve finally figured out how. Starting today, our “Get Involved” page will be regularly updated with ways you can help us support marriage equality and generally make this world a better place than we found it. 

Right now, our efforts are focused on defending minister’s rights in Virginia and promoting carbon neutrality -- which means planting trees and promoting renewable energy. As of 2019, AMM is certified carbon neutral with the non-profit organization Carbon Fund. As officiants, we’re often traveling to weddings, and generally hustling pretty hard, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to preserve the environment. In fact, just by supporting AMM, you’re well on your way!...(continued)


Why are Municipal Governments Cancelling Courthouse Weddings?

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Tags: marriage equality, lgbtq weddings, advocacy, courthouse weddings

Published: Saturday, Mar. 2nd, 2019

I woke up early on the morning of February 22, 2019 and drove to the Hall County Probate Court to see what Frank and Joseph’s wedding might have looked like if this particular office hadn’t decided to stop conducting courthouse wedding ceremonies.
 
The building is situated in the heart of Gainesville’s scenic downtown. I can see right away why the couple I’m about to join in marriage wanted to have their ceremony take place here. It’s solid, historic, and stately. There’s a significance to structures such as this one, bastions of civil society, and - up until a few years ago - popular destinations for courthouse weddings.
 
But that’s not possible any more, and that’s also why American Marriage Ministries’ efforts are still so important.
 
It all started when Frank, an AMM minister himself, emailed us wondering whether there were any AMM ministers in the Gainesville are...(continued)


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