Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Paradigm Brewing offering free weddings to same-sex couples this week

Brandon Stanley, owner of New Paradigm Brewing Co. in Elkhart, is an ordained minister who has offered to perform marriages for free.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

ELKHART — Any couple — regardless of gender or sex — who wants to get married in Elkhart this week can do it for free at New Paradigm Brewing Co.

Brandon Stanley owns the downtown bar and is an ordained minister with Universal Life Church. He performs mostly non-religious ceremonies for couples throughout the year.

He said he will perform marriages for free any night this week in support of the ruling a federal judge issued Wednesday, June 25, striking down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage.

"I’ve always been in support (of gay marriage),” Stanley said. “It’s not about whether it’s a man and a woman, it’s about whether two people love each other. If I have an opportunity to be a part of it and show my support, I’m going to do it.”

Elkhart County did not immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the ruling was issued.

Straight couples may also come to the bar to get married.

"I certainly wouldn’t discriminate,” Stanley said with a laugh. “It wouldn’t be fair of me.”

Couples interested in getting hitched can arrive at the bar anytime after it opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday and must bring a marriage license issued by an Elkhart County clerk.

Anyone with questions may call the bar at 574-295-8882.

New Paradigm Brewing Co. is at 600 S. Main St.

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