Trying to write the wedding ceremony of two men I’ve known for 10 years.

No pressure. Nope. None.

Here’s what I have so far.

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Friends and family,

I am so honored to be standing here today, celebrating the union of two people I have known in one form or another for almost a decade. I have known them when they were just friends. I knew them when they were roommates. And now I have had the joy of knowing them as they have become lovers and partners.

And now these two men are building a new life together… in a new home… and in a new city. From the way they refer to each other as “my Nick” or “my Yuri” to the way they have quite simply and easily settled into a life together, they are already married in every sense except the procedural one. Today is just the next logical step for them as they publically and legally make their commitment and their vows to each other.

So without anything further

Nick, do you take Yuri to be your lawfully wedded husband?

(I do)

Do you promise love him, honor him, and cherish him for the rest of your life.

(I do)

Yuri, do you take Nick to be your lawfully wedded husband?

(I do)

Do you promise love him, honor him, and cherish him for the rest of your life.

(I do)

Please join hands.

(Stephen hands Nick of them a piece of ribbon)

Nick, repeat after me, “Yuri, this ribbon is symbol of my love, my commitment and my b9ond to you.

(Stephen hands Yuri of them a piece of ribbon)

Yuri, repeat after me, “Nick, this ribbons is symbol of my love, my commitment and my bond to you.”

And now by the power vested in my by the state of California, I now pronounce you husbands for life. Please kiss your husband.

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