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The Go-Go’s Jane Wiedlin Officiated A Gay Wedding

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This weekend, Philadelphia-based writers Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto got married. The bad news: they had to get married in Delaware, because pigs like Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett refuse to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.  The good (amazing) news: Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin officiated the ceremony.

McGarry and Ravipinto do not seem to have any special connection to the rocker. But as it turns out, marrying people is something of a side hustle for Wiedlin, who’s also an ordained minister. She has a website called MarriedByJane.com, where you can pick from three packages Wiedlin — a.k.a. Reverend Sister Go-Go — offers to betrothed couples of “all creeds, genders & persuasions.”

For $1,500, Wiedlin will call you on the phone, travel to any location to perform the ceremony, and sign autographs/take pictures with you and your spouse. For $2,500, she’ll do all that, plus attend the reception and take pictures/sign autographs for your guests. And for $4,000 — the Double Platinum package — you get everything already mentioned, plus Wiedlin will sing four songs and/or DJ your reception. Each package fee excludes Wiedlin’s travel, accommodation and food expenses, which you also are required to pay.

McGarry and Ravipinto appear to have gone with the Double Platinum package, if the pictures of Weidlin all over McGarry’s Facebook page are any indication. According to Philly mag, Wiedlin sang “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” and “a great cover of the Beach Boys’ song, ‘God Only Knows.’”

In addition to her continuing role as the Go-Go’s guitarist, Wiedlin has acted in several films, including the camp classic Clue, in which she played a singing telegram performer who gets shot. But the acting and music gigs have slowed in the last few years for Wiedlin, and frankly, we are living for her second act as a gay marriage minister. Who better to travel the country marrying gays (and straights, but come on, 99% of her business has to come from gays) than a Go-Go with a pixie cut?

Photo: Facebook

By:           Tommy Jordan O'Malley
On:           Oct 15, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • Teleny
      Teleny

      I think Jane’s bisexual. I know she came out as enjoying S&M. I love her!!!

      Oct 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      @Teleny:
      She’s one of those people wikipdedia keep putting in and out of their bisexual & lgbt lists. Irritating twerps they are. Why isn’t it good enough for them that she has said she is?

      Bob Merrick: So, you made out with first ever America’s Next Top Model on the show. Was that really just for silly fun?

      Jane: Yeah, I mean, you know, I pretty much consider myself bisexual since I have had sex with both men and women and that is pretty much the definition of it. But I don’t really go around chasing anyone, male or female, because I am married. My husband, God bless him, I love him to death. He thinks it’s cute that I like girls.

      Bob Merrick: Don’t most heterosexual men?

      Jane: Yeah, hetero men think it’s hot. It’s not why I enjoy kissing girls, I just like doing it because I think girls are hot, but I wouldn’t do it because men think it’s hot, it’s just an added bonus that my husband thinks it’s hot. I get crushes on girls, but as far as romance, I have always fallen for men.

      Source OUT interview 2005
      http://www.out.com/entertainment/2005/01/02/go-gos-surreal-life

      Oct 16, 2013 at 2:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neil McGarry
      Neil McGarry

      Hi there. I am one of the grooms, and it was a wonderful experience. Jane very kindly read and reviewed our book:

      http://peccable.com/duchess/

      So I don’t know if that counts as a “special connection.”

      Oct 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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