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AMM Joins Civil Rights Orgs in Denouncing Tennessee Bill to Strip Gay Marriage Rights

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Tags: marriage equality, the 14th amendment, lgbtq weddings

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2019

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a bill that prohibits state government officials from facilitating same-sex marriages, undercutting the Fourteenth Amendment, and denying same-sex couples the rights afforded to their heterosexual counterparts. This proposed law is in direct contradiction to AMM’s belief that "everyone has the right to marry the person they love, and that it is the right of the couple to choose who solemnizes their marriage.” 

American Marriage Ministries condemns this latest attempt to marginalize minorities, and stands in solidarity with our LGBTQ allies. ...(continued)

Getting Started: How to Write a Basic Wedding Ceremony

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Tags: research, ceremony basics, writing the ceremony

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2019

When creating a wedding ceremony, one of the big questions that first-time officiants ask is, "What pieces or parts are absolutely necessary in a wedding ceremony, and what else can be added to make the ceremony special?" 

The answer to this question could be, “whatever the couple wants.” But that still doesn’t give you a starting point, and it’s likely the first time the couple has considered this matter, too. Good ceremonies are like Christmas trees. You start with the bare branches -- those are the required parts -- and you add ornaments that tailor the couple’s ceremony.



Asked to perform a wedding ceremony? Here’s why you should say “yes!”

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Tags: saying yes, public speaking, research

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 2019

Being asked to officiate a wedding is an incredible honor. Full stop. No matter what happens from here on out, no matter how you answer, know that whomever is asking for your help thinks highly of you. Although preparing and delivering the ceremony may seem quite daunting, the fact is that it can be quite enjoyable. 

As always, the more prepared you are, the more fun you’ll have.

As the officiant, you get to celebrate the shared love of people who are close to you. It’s a chance to speak from the heart and tell the guests how awesome the couple is, and how special their love feels. There’s a reason your name came up when the couple needed an officiant, but like all decisions in life, this one should involve some thought. ...(continued)

Cut Wedding Expenses by Focusing on What Matters the Most -- The Ceremony!

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Tags: wedding planning, budgeting

Published: Friday, Feb. 15th, 2019



Look Mom, We’re Famous! A Throwback to AMM’s Television Appearances

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Tags: tv, the chris gethard show, cbs, this morning

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14th, 2019

With so many new ministers joining American Marriage Ministries this year, some of you newer members might have missed out on AMM’s brushes with fame. 

It’s Thursday (and also Valentine’s Day!!!) So for #tbt, we are posting some videos featuring AMM on the silver screen. Enjoy...

CBS This Morning: AMM Minister/Professor officiates wedding of her former students

People getting ordained as ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for family and friends is a national trend at this point, and the media are catching on. Last summer, CBS approached AMM looking for the perfect story to encapsulate this trend. We pointed them in the direction of Florence Hunt, an AMM Minister/College Professor, who was about to marry two of her former students. Watch her story in the below video that aired on CBS This Morning as part of its More Perfect Union series.