Notary Bulletin Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies And Notaries By David Thun on September 05, 2013 in Laws & Regulations Recent court decisions and new state laws permit same-sex couples to legally marry in some jurisdictions — but currently only one state authorizes Notaries to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Notaries are permitted to serve as wedding officiants in three states — Maine, South Carolina and Florida. In December 2012, Maine enacted legislation legally recognizing same-sex marriages and Maine Notaries Public may solemnize legally binding same-sex marriage ceremonies. Notaries in Florida and South Carolina cannot officiate same-sex weddings because same-sex marriages are prohibited in both states by constitutional amendments. With California's Proposition 8 overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the Golden State. Though a California Notary commission does not include the power to conduct weddings, some Notaries are authorized to issue confidential marriage certificates and may do so for same-sex couples. Notaries who are ordained ministers or are otherwise permitted to officiate at weddings may conduct a same-sex wedding ceremony in California. Lisa Phillian, an ordained minister and Notary in Los Angeles, says she is receiving more requests for both wedding ceremonies and confidential marriage certificates since the Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8. David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.