Conan O'Brien officiates first same-sex marriage on a late night TV show

Conan O'Brien officiated the first same-sex marriage on a late-night TV show last night.

It was the wedding of "CONAN" costume designer Scott Cronick and his partner David Gorshein. Bravo's Andy Cohen walked Scott down the aisle on stage at the Beacon Theater.

"The wedding was performed while Conan is doing this week's shows in NYC because same sex weddings aren't legal in California," Susannah Breslin tells Boing Boing.

Their ceremony was in the Jewish tradition, via the Universal Life Church, of which I too am an ordained minister! The story of Conan's ordainment is here.



  1. That’s incredibly sweet and marvelous.

    My question: New York state has ridiculous requirements about who can conduct legal ceremonies. You have to be a judge, or be an ordained religious figure — Church of Bob and Universal Life don’t qualify. So…did they have a justice of the peace backstage? Doesn’t detract from the loveliness, but I would like to know if Conan is now a rabbi.

    Update: I am totally wrong. Universal Life Church has a tailored package ($25) that’s designed to meet New York City’s extra requirement on top of those in New York state. My knowledge was out of date. That makes it even better that Conan was legally able to tie the knot.

    1. I imagine they either did the Justice of the Peace thing previously, or are planning on doing it sometime this weekend.  It’s not unusual for a couple to do that sort of thing.

      1. That makes sense. I have this slight fear that after all that, _they’re not legally married!_ That would be irony or something. Not irony.

    2. My guess is that either right before or right after the show they had a civil marriage in front of a justice of the peace with just enough witnesses to make it legal. Then they went off to have their ‘real’ wedding.

      1. I believe you can be a Satanist, so long as you hold regular services and publish a directory!

  2. This guy needs to get some kind of lifetime achievement award… but really, what good is an award compared to what he already has? The respect of so many people in his own time. Well done Sir Conan!

  3. Absolutely beautiful. And such love between the grooms!
    I wish the best for them and love such as that for everyone.

    Thanks for posting this!

  4. Is it wrong of me to want to look around for fundamentalist christian butthurt? I remember back when Conan RT’d that article by Ricky Gervais and people blew up at him. <3 Conan forever.

  5. As awesome as I think this is (and yes, I got sniffly too) it’s not really in the Jewish tradition. They took two elements from the Jewish ceremony, but that’s it. I’m all for people being able to create their own ceremonies and mix and match what works for them, but it’s a different beast.

  6. If I was interested in getting married, Xeni Jardin would be my top pick for celebrity minister.

  7. Dangit and now the original post is gone

    I was saying the best part is this isn’t region-blocked 

  8. Humans were gender-neutral waaay back. It blows my mind how ‘moderns’ are either fascinated or repulsed by love between people of the same sex. The illusions of hierarchical, qualitative systems have been setting people back for too long now. Is the oak better than the maple? Who the frak cares who gets married? Connection and love are all that matter.

  9. I’d like to point out that the “Universal Life Church” located at “” isn’t actually the Universal Life Church.  It’s a disgruntled offshoot of the original Universal Life Church (located at, they call themselves the “Universal Life Church Monastery”.

    I know this for a fact, after having a very long talk with Andre Hensley, the current and third president of the original Universal Life church, son of Kirby and Lida Hensley, the founders.

    I’ve been ordained in the official Universal Life Church since 2001, and am married under it.  I ordained the woman who married my wife and I, and it has been a wonderful marriage.

    I just wanted to make sure people out there knew the facts.

  10. Has any other regularly hosted television show broadcast a gay/lesbian ceremony from beginning to end?

  11. I don’t think I have ever, ever wanted to celebrate when I heard “Celebrate” but this trumped the music snob in me.  How hard your heart must be, to not celebrate this kind of happiness for all people …

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