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The first same-sex marriage celebrated in June at Marsh Chapel

Rev. James J. Olson (STH’02) and Darrick Jackson were married this summer at Marsh Chapel.

Rev. James J. Olson, (STH’02), right, and Darrick Jackson at their June wedding ceremony at Marsh Chapel

Rev. James J. Olson, (STH’02), and Darrick Jackson were married this summer at Marsh Chapel, the first same-sex marriage to take place there.

 

“Since we are both liturgy and ritual studies scholars, our wedding bulletin had footnotes!” says Olson, who is associate dean at Marsh Chapel and a doctoral candidate at the School of Theology. Jackson will be ordained a minister in the Unitarian-Universalist Association in 2007.

More than 200 guests attended the June ceremony, which Olsen describes as “elegant and simple and a blending of our two religious traditions.” Rev. Arnold Thomas and Rev. Kim Crawfield Harvie officiated, and Dean of Marsh Chapel Robert Cummings Neville spoke at the service. A reception was held at the Howard Thurman Center.