Benedict Cumberbatch & 9 More Celebs You Should Consider When Picking Your Same-Sex Wedding Officiant
Are you getting married? Well, there's a celebrity for that. On Monday night, the infamous Joan Rivers officiated a same-sex marriage at her NYC book signing for Diary of a Mad Diva. Maybe the Fashion Police star isn't the worst after all? In between throwing shade at Kristen Stewart and insulting the world by telling Jennifer Lawrence to grow up and calling Kimye's bouncing baby, North West, ugly, Rivers apparently found the time to become an ordained by the Universal Life Church Monastery. And now she's granting the wishes of fans that want her to be their wedding minister, but she's not the only celebrity pronouncing couples married these days.
According to ET News' report, Jed Ryan and Joe Aiello, fans of Rivers, raised their hands during the Q&A portion of her book signing and asked the star if she'd marry them on the spot after reading in her book that she's an ordained minister. Even though, the couple admitted, "neither one of us thought she'd say yes!" Well, Rivers did. The star called Aiello and Ryan up on stage and made up some impromptu, funny vows for the couple. And that was that.
This wasn't Rivers' first time presiding over a same-sex wedding. In Feb. 2013, the 81-year-old fashion critic officiated the high-profile wedding of Preston Bailey and Theo Bleckmann atop the Empire State Building in NYC. Watch Rivers' officiating the surprise wedding on Monday night here:
But Rivers' isn't the first nor the only person in Hollywood to officiating same-sex marriages these days — these nine stars have started officiating marriages as well.
In July 2013, the Star Trek star became an ordained minister to officiate the wedding of his friends Seth Cummings and Rob Rinder at the Hacienda Hotel Ibiza. Cumberbatch later joked that "children's parties and bat mitzvahs" would be his next venture.
In 2012, Drescher the "Love is Love" contest on the Facebook page for her show, Happily Divorced. The couple who won, Russell Kemp and Tom Wahlen, were married by the star in New York City. Watch it here:
Also in 2012, Lady Gaga revealed that she was planning to become an ordained minister to officiate the same-sex marriage of her yoga instructor, Tricia Donegan. The Artpop singer has also mentioned plans to officiate same-sex marriages at her concerts.
Kesha got ordained in 2012 to officiate the wedding of her two BFFs.
In 2007 the 90210 star got ordained to officiate a same-sex wedding at her Chateau La Rue for couple, Tony and Dex. Spelling wrote on her MySpace blog (I know, but it was 2007), "We did it on the front steps of the Chateau as 40 of their friends looked on seated in a lounge-like atmosphere. It was so beautiful as I united Tony and Dex as life partners in love."
In 2008, fans of the "D-List" celebrity, Brian Anstey and Elka Shapiro, asked Griffin if she'd remarry them on her show. And the LGBT activist agreed, getting ordained specifically for the event. She later married another couple on her show Kathy in 2013.
At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Queen Latifah, along with Madonna, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert married 34 couples during a performance of "Same Love." The actress married a total of 34 couples, both same-sex and heterosexual.
In 2011, Smith, who does weddings regularly at SModCastle — a 50-seat theater in Hollywood — the actor-writer-director officiated a hockey-themed wedding for same-sex couple, Michael and Scott. Smith is also ordained by the Universal Life Church Monastery.
Also in 2011, late-night host Conan O'Brien celebrated his one-year anniversary at TBS by officiating the same-sex wedding of his longtime costume designer Scott Cronick and his partner David Gorshein at the Beacon Theater in NYC. According to the Huffington Post's article, this wedding might've been the first on-air same-sex marriage in history — props to you, Conan. Watch the ceremony here: