LGBTQ South Florida

Unity on the Bay in Miami to host mass same-sex marriage ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday

Unity on the Bay

Unity on the Bay, an LGBT-inclusive congregation, will host a free same-sex marriage ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday adjacent to Biscayne Bay near downtown Miami.

From a news release:

Unity on the Bay, a dynamic and positive spiritual community embracing all faiths for over 85 years, will provide same-sex couples free marriage ceremonies on its campus adjacent to beautiful Biscayne Bay. The ceremonies will take place on Saturday, January 10th starting at 10:00am. The ministers of Unity on the Bay, known for their vibrant spiritual messages, will officiate the ceremonies.

The congregation is excited to open their doors and join the LGBTQ community in support and to celebrate the landmark decision allowing same-sex couples the right to marry in Florida. Juan del Hierro, Director of Ministry Empowerment at Unity on the Bay, along with his partner Tom, SAVE and other couples throughout Florida were plaintiffs in the ACLU’s historic marriage case. Juan says “Unity has a history of being at the forefront of the equality movement. They were with Tom and I throughout this ordeal – holding us in prayer and having faith that love always wins.” Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister of Unity on the Bay, says “Unity on the Bay teaches that all people are expressions of God and entitled to equal rights regardless of race, gender, gender expression or sexual orientation. We are a diverse spiritual community, and we are proud to be a part of this momentous occasion by offering this service to our community.”

The talented singer, and South Florida native, Karina Iglesias, and her wife, will also be attending this historic event at Unity on the Bay to recommit their marriage vows. Karina’s talent was showcased on the popular television show The Voice.

“We are thrilled that Unity on the bay will be taking the lead to ensure that couples in South Florida can have a faith-based ceremony that will not cost a penny. Unity has always been a great supporter of the LGBT community and we, as the voice of the LGBT community in South Florida, congratulate them for this wonderful effort, said Tony Lima, Executive Director, SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone).

About Unity on the Bay: Unity on the Bay is a dynamic and positive spiritual community embracing all faiths, dedicated to prayer, education and service, supporting spiritual growth and transformation. Founded in 1927 and located across Miami’s Biscayne Bay currently has over 2,000 congregants from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Unity on the Bay is a member of the Unity Worldwide Ministries, headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. For more information on Unity on the Bay please visit