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About Me, Dan Furmansky

 "There's no doubt that Furmansky was sort of like a superhero working to protect the rights of GLBT Marylanders.” – Baltimore City Paper (6/18/2008)

As a professional LGBT civil rights advocate for many years, I have fought heart and soul to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples. It is this struggle for equal marriage rights that gave rise to my desire to work with couples to celebrate their weddings. My advocacy in Annapolis, in Maryland’s judiciary, in other states, and in Congress was done arm and arm with loving couples whose commitment to one another has been incredibly inspiring, as well as with a generation of young persons who dreamt of living in a society where their marriage would one day be legal.

In 2006, I officiated my first wedding, for dear friends who are like family to me. The experience was wonderful, and the joy of making a couple’s union a sacred event is unparalleled. I love bringing meaning and resonance to all life cycle ceremonies. I have now officiated nearly 100 weddings, and in each and every case, I feel very blessed to be a part of these experiences.

 

By day, I am a social justice advocate that works as a consultant to help progressive non-profits move forward issues through coalition and movement building; campaign management, communications and writing support; strategic planning and facilitation; organizational capacity building; and legislative advocacy. 

 

In addition to officiating, I am certified as a teacher of mindfulness meditation from a Jewish perspective by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.