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Posted: May 31, 2013

I do! Same-sex couples to marry en masse during Southern Maine Pride Festival

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney, both of Portland, share a moment after being married early Saturday morning, December 29, 2012, at Portland City Hall. They were one of the first same sex couples to be married in Maine. Gabe Souza/Press Herald file photo

Itching to get hitched? A spring wedding in the park could be perfect, what with the flowers and sunshine and the aisle of green grass. And of course the dozens of other couples there, also getting married.

Organizers for Southern Maine Pride just announced a mass wedding ceremony slated to take place during the Southern Maine Pride Parade and Festival on June 15, and they’re seeking same-sex couples (engaged, committed, or otherwise ready to take the marriage plunge) to participate. The theme for this year’s parade and festival is Marry ME, which appropriately comes on the heels of last November’s vote to approve marriage equality.

The en masse wedding in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, will include all couples, gay and straight, and will commence at the beginning of the Pride festival. The ceremony will last approximately 10 to 15 minutes, and a designated non-denominational officiant will conduct the service with predetermined vows. Photographers will be present to record the ceremony for the couples and the images will be archived with the Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at the University of Southern Maine Glickman Library.

Couples may also renew their commitment vows. Interested parties should sign-up in order for organizers to keep a headcount through their wedding registration form on Southern Maine Pride’s website at www.southernmainepride.org, or call Festival Organizer, Sid Tripp, at Proactive Resources at (207)772-3599 for more information, or to be listed for inclusion in the ceremony.

Note: For couples seeking legal marriage, a recent Maine wedding license issued by the City of Portland (or any city or town in Maine), within the past 90 days plus valid government-issued photo ID issued by a state or federal agency such as driver’s license, military ID or passport will be required. A wedding officiant will process and file all of the necessary paperwork for the state of Maine. Marrying couples are encouraged to bring their own witnesses, but designated witnesses will be onsite to sign marriage certificates for processing after the ceremony. For those couples interested in seeking information on obtaining a marriage license: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/voter/marriageintentions.pdf

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