Northern Virginia Ethical Society

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We specialize in creative, customized wedding ceremonies for couples of mixed religious backgrounds, no particular religious connection, or others who want a nontraditional, humanistic ceremony.

Values are the foundation of an Ethical Culture wedding ceremony: respect for the worth and uniqueness of each person and the importance of making and keeping commitments are two key values that an Ethical Culture ceremony stresses.

Fees paid to the Northern Virginia Ethical Society for ceremonies performed by Officiants qualify as tax-deductible contributions.  

We can usually provide a wedding officiant for Northern Virginia weddings, Maryland weddings near DC, and Washington, DC, weddings.  Our officiants are licensed in Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland.   

Contact us to arrange to meet one of our wedding officiants. She or he will work with you to plan your creative, customized wedding ceremony centered on ethical commitment and human values.

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Now that same-sex weddings are legal in Virginia, the Northern Virginia Ethical Society is now able to conduct weddings for same-sex couples there, as well as in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  We are proud to have supported the legalization of same-sex marriage for many years.

*In 1996, the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union unanimously passed the following resolution: "We support the legalization of same sex marriage under state and federal laws."

In 2004, the National Leaders Council and the Board of the American Ethical Union passed the following resolution:

  • Resolved, that within Ethical Culture's religious context, we recognize same sex marriages as fully valid marriages. When jurisdictions in which Ethical Culture Leaders perform such marriages do not recognize the legality of such ceremonies, we urge that such laws and regulations be changed.
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