Notary Bulletin Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies And Notaries By David Thun on September 05, 2013 in Laws & Regulations UPDATE 1-13-2015: As of January 6, 2015, Florida is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and permitting Notaries to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies. 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 7 Comments Add your commentLinda Paulsen26 Aug 2014This is all I found so farCharles Tucker06 Dec 2014I have been a Florida Notary for Over 40 years and still like to serve. Come January 5th the laws Change in Florida. We will need to know the verbiage we need to use to perform same sex marriages and if the State is allowing Notaries to perform them. ThanksTimothy Bailey-Blanton13 Dec 2014This page needs updated as well, as South Carolina now has Same-Sex-Marriage.kevin30 Dec 2014What if a notary doesn't want to perform a same sex wedding for religious reasons - can they say no without risk of discrimination. Can a disclaimer be writtenNational Notary Association30 Dec 2014Hello Kevin. In order to make sure we provide you with information appropriate to you jurisdiction, can you please let us know what state you are commissioned in? Thanks.Alvin Reynolds01 Jan 2015I am with Charles Tucker on this one. I live in Florida and the laws are changing on 1/5/2015. Some of the Clerk of Courts are no longer going to offer marriages in the office, but if told will issue the licenses. Can we perform the same sex marriage if they have the licenses?National Notary Association05 Jan 2015Hello. Provided a couple provides you with a valid marriage license and all other state law requirements are met, you may perform the marriage. Be aware that Florida requires a three-day waiting period after a marriage license is issued before the ceremony may be performed. Please see this article for more information: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/3-things-to-know-about-same-sex-marriage-in-florida-today/2212472Leave 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.