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Island Wedding Available In San Antonio, Should Marriage Equality Be Approved

If the Supreme Court should rule that gay marriage bans are un-Constitutional, there’s a place in San Antonio that expects to be a focal point for change.  That place is one of San Antonio’s not-so-common Islands.

“Marriage Island is a small island on the River Walk in San Antonio,” said William Sanders, co-owner of Marriage Island. “It’s popular for marriages due to the fact that it was blessed by Mexican priests sometime after the Mexican Revolution. It’s a small island. We do groups of about twenty-five there.”

The kidney-shaped island between Navarro and Presa features a massive Bald Cypress, a Rolando Briseno sculpture and is covered with flagstones. They have multi-denominational and secular officiants to conduct weddings.

“There’s some that don’t want to do it; they are active church pastors so we’re respecting that. Others are willing to do it. Things have changed. We have a broader group of people on staff. More opinions, more open minds. And we will be moving forward with it,” said Sanders.

As long as you have a marriage license, they can accommodate you. But he advises you to keep one thing in mind. "There is a 72-hour waiting period in Texas that needs to be considered so there will be a 3-day period from the day that you obtain your license until the day we can perform the ceremony for you.”

Sanders expects to be able to accommodate what could be a large flow of couples should Marriage Equality become the law of the land.