Friday, April 19, 2024


Two More Westport Ministers Perform Same-Sex Marriages in New Paltz

Two more ministers from Westport’s Unitarian Church presided over same-sex marriages today in New Paltz, N.Y. in defiance of prosecutors who have charged two other clergy with performing the ceremonies without a license.

The Rev. Frank Hall, senior minister, said he and the Rev. Ed Thompson, minister of music, married three couples each in ceremonies at the LeFevre House bed-and-breakfast where previous ceremonies were held.

Hall, senior minister at the church, told WestportNow that there was no police presence during the mid-day ceremonies.

“Things went quite smoothly,” he said. “I’ve been performing same-sex marriages for 35 years. This is nothing new.”

Hall and Thompson brought to five the number of Westport Unitarian ministers who have performed New Paltz same-sex marriages in recent weeks.

A week ago, the Rev. Barbara Fast and the Rev. Debra Haffner took part.

Two weeks ago, the Rev. Marian Visel participated and later was given a warning letter from the local district attorney.

Unitarian ministers Kay Greenleaf and Dawn Sangrey were charged with misdemeanors for marrying unlicensed same-sex couples March 6 in New Paltz.

Similar charges have been leveled against village Mayor Jason West, who officiated at New Paltz’s first same-sex weddings, on Feb. 27.

Today’s ceremonies brought to more than 100 the number of same-sex couples who have been wed in New Paltz over the past month.

3 thoughts on “Two More Westport Ministers Perform Same-Sex Marriages in New Paltz

  1. “Faith without works is dead.”  How many people forget…but, not you. 
    Frank, Thank you for having an unflinching commitment to both faith and works.  It makes me proud to be Unitarian Universalist when we aren’t afraid to affirm our principles with what is right action—and, in this case, in love to boot!
    In faith,
    Carolyn Mansager

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