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Open & Affirming Houses of Worship

You deserve a beautiful space to celebrate your love. In Buffalo, you’ll find dozens of open and affirming houses of worship that officiate same-sex marriages, from the magnificent St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (designed by Richard Upjohn), to the First Presbyterian Church, with its tall spire overlooking Symphony Circle, to the strikingly modernist Temple Beth Zion. A short list of independent officiants is below the venue list.

 

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Amherst Community Church

  • 77 Washington Highway
  • Snyder, NY 14226
  • Phone: (716) 834-9700
  • Visit Website


Amherst Community Church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. We are an open and affirming church: We welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as fellow children of God.

Buffalo Community of the Holy Spirit

  • 206 S. Elmwood Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Phone: (716) 868-2532
  • Visit Website


The Buffalo Community of the Holy Spirit is a family of faith within the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. In order to reach out in welcome to all people -- regardless of sexual acclimation,…more

Calvary Episcopal Church

  • 20 Milton Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221
  • Phone: (716) 633-1632
  • Visit Website


An “Open and Affirming” setting of the UCC (a local church, campus ministry, etc.) means that it has publicly declared that gay, lesbian, & bisexual (GLB) people (or those of all sexual orientations)…more

Church of the Ascension

  • 16 Linwood
  • Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Phone: (716) 884-6362
  • Visit Website


Welcome to Church of the Ascension! We are a progressive Episcopal community in the heart of Buffalo based on love, respect, tolerance and prayer. Whether you are a born and raised Episcopalian, a…more

Cleveland Heights Christian Church

  • 4774 Union Road
  • Cheektowaga, NY 14225
  • Phone: (716) 632-3332
  • Visit Website


We are a Christian community of faith, committed to welcoming and affirming all people as children of God. We believe that God calls us to celebrate each person’s uniqueness. In our church family we…more

Community of Christ

  • 5030 Thompson Road
  • Clarence, NY 14031
  • Phone: (716) 741-3242
  • Visit Website


An “Open and Affirming” setting of the UCC (a local church, campus ministry, etc.) means that it has publicly declared that gay, lesbian, & bisexual (GLB) people (or those of all sexual orientations)…more

El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ Iglesia Hispana

  • 335 Richmond Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716) 885-9443
  • Visit Website


We are an Inclusive community that enthusiastically celebrates the rich diversity of God’s people. Living out the conviction that everyone is a precious and beloved child of God, we work to overcome…more

First Congregational United

  • 822 Cleveland Avenue
  • Niagara Falls, NY 14304
  • Phone: (716) 282-2443
  • Visit Website


An “Open and Affirming” setting of the UCC (a local church, campus ministry, etc.) means that it has publicly declared that gay, lesbian, & bisexual (GLB) people (or those of all sexual orientations)…more

First Presbyterian Church

  • One Symphony Circle
  • Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Phone: (716)884-7250
  • Visit Website


At First Church, all are welcome. As the first religious congregation in Buffalo, it’s a philosophy we’ve served our community with since 1812.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara

  • 639 Main Street
  • Niagara Falls, NY 14304
  • Phone: (716) 285-8381
  • Visit Website


The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara is a free and open religious community in which we support each other and serve our church. We believe a shared liberal religious community is vital…more

Good Shepherd Community of Faith

  • 187 Southside Parkway
  • Buffalo, NY 14220
  • Phone: (716) 824-4114
  • Visit Website


Good Shepherd Community of Faith is aligned with the American Baptist Churches (ABC) USA (by way of the Rochester Genesee Region) and with the United Church of Christ (UCC) by way of the Western New…more

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

  • 1080 Main Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Phone: (716) 886-2400
  • Visit Website


An “Open and Affirming” setting of the UCC (a local church, campus ministry, etc.) means that it has publicly declared that gay, lesbian, & bisexual (GLB) people (or those of all sexual orientations)…more

Kenilworth United Church of Christ

  • 45 Dalton Drive
  • Buffalo, NY 14223
  • Phone: (716) 835-4120
  • Visit Website


Kenilworth United Church of Christ is a place where no matter who, no matter what, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome and affirmed. We welcome people of any sexual…more

Pilgrim St. Luke's United Church of Christ

  • 335 Richmond Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716) 885-9443
  • Visit Website


We are an Inclusive community that enthusiastically celebrates the rich diversity of God’s people. Living out the conviction that everyone is a precious and beloved child of God, we work to overcome…more

Rainbow Spirit Rising

  • 266 Elmwood Avenue
  • #743
  • Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716) 887-8337
  • Visit Website


Carol Speser, Chaplain, LGBT Wedding Officiant Specializing in: - spiritual but non-religious gay and lesbian weddings - handfasting marriage ceremonies - interfaith marriage ceremonies for couples…more

Riverside Salem Church

  • 3449 West River Road
  • Grand Island, NY 14072
  • Phone: (716) 639-0474
  • Visit Website


Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ has connections with orthodox, mainline Christianity -- two denominations, the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples)…more

St. John's Grace Episcopal Church

  • 51 Colonial Circle
  • Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716) 885-1112
  • Visit Website


St. John's-Grace is a very diverse church. Our congregation includes members who were brought up in many different traditions: Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and others.…more

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Church

  • 128 Pearl Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 855-0900
  • Visit Website


A common sign outside the Episcopal Church is "The Episcopal Church welcomes you" — and it does: no matter who you are, what you have done, or from where you come from, The Episcopal Church welcomes…more

St. Stephen's Bethlehem United Church of Christ

  • 750 Wehrle Drive
  • Cheektowaga, NY 14225
  • Phone: (716) 632-4226
  • Visit Website


We tend to be the "out of the box" people. Among our many firsts, we were the first mainline church to take a stand against slavery (1700), the first to ordain an African American person (1785), the…more

Temple Beth Zion

  • 805 Delaware Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Phone: (716) 836-6565
  • Visit Website


This last Shabbat was extra wonderful, as it brought the long awaited passage of marriage equality legislation. The Senate passed this important bill 33-29 and the Governor signed the legislation on…more

Temple Sinai

  • 50 Alberta
  • Buffalo, NY 14226
  • Phone: (716) 834-0708
  • Visit Website


Temple Sinai is a synagogue of progressive Jewish values, both respecting our heritage and reinterpreting it. We are a diverse and inclusive community, committed to building a spiritual home through…more

Trinity Episcopal Church

  • 371 Delaware Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 852-8314
  • Visit Website


Located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, Trinity Church is recognized for the beauty of its buildings as well as its welcome and diverse nature. Trinity does not require that those who wish to have…more

Trinity United Church of Christ

  • 115 Gold Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14206
  • Phone: (716) 893-5971
  • Visit Website


Whoever you are, where ever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst

  • 6320 Main Street
  • Amherst, NY 14221
  • Phone: (716) 893-5971
  • Visit Website


We are an inclusive & accepting community of adults & children with diverse beliefs. We strive to live by the principles & purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo

  • 695 Elmwood Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716) 885-2136
  • Visit Website


Now that New York has given everyone in the Empire State equal access to marriage, this congregation is proud to celebrate weddings for Gay, Lesbian, Straight, and all Queer folks. Celebrating…more

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Independent Officiants

Paul Gevirtzman
716-833-0415
gevirtzman@verizon.net or counselingwny@gmail.com

Ron Ehmke
716-693-2108
ronehmke@roadrunner.com