Following the 8 PM performance of Big Voice at the Actors Temple Theatre, four same-sex couples celebrated their commitment to each other with an interfaith ceremony. Rabbi Jill Hausman and Big Voice co-star Jim Brochu, who is ordained, conducted the ceremony. Members of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed. In a previous statement Rabbi Hausman said, "I welcome all couples to The Actors Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, who together wish to present themselves for an interfaith ceremony of commitment. We invite those who want their union to be blessed in dignity and love, in acceptance and respect, and as a recognition of their intention to live together in the community as a married couple."
The couples celebrated after the ceremony with a reception and dined on a heart-shaped wedding cake.
Above (from top): Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu of The Big Voice; members of the Gay Men's Chorus perform.
Below (from top): The commitment ceremony, which took place after the performance; The happy couples Martin Friedman and John Musco, Jeff Salzman and Ricardo Ortegón, Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu (center), Chris Farnsworth and Mike Pryor, Susan Atkins and Crystal Weathers.