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3,000th wedding for 'Marrying Mayor'
After officiating weddings for almost 20 years, former Jefferson Mayor and York County Controller Robb Green officiated his 3,000th wedding on Saturday.
The milestone: The wedding between Austin Hull and Paige Boose in Historic Shady Lane marked Green's milestone.
Newlyweds Hull and Boose were surprised to hear that his 3,000th wedding would be theirs.
She said they had found out about him from seeing him at Hull's cousin's wedding.
Hull said initially they wanted Boose's old pastor to officiate, but he was unable to do so because he was no longer practicing.
"I am very surprised; we both wanted him to be there," Boose said. "I'm surprised he's been doing that this long."
A job he enjoys: Green is happy with his decision to officiate weddings as the "Marrying Mayor."
"I like the concept of creating families, when a couple or one of the two, have a child or a stepchild from a previous relationship or marriage and want to get married, to me it's the perfect thing to do."
During his time as Marrying Mayor, he said, he has officiated at up to 240 weddings in a single year. In recent years he has done about 125 a year, he said.
Green was mayor of Jefferson from 1994 until 2010.
He said recently he has slowed down a bit.
He started doing weddings in his third year, 1996, and since then he has done all sorts of weddings, including a wedding that took place next to a hot-air balloon, which the bride and groom boarded after being married.
"I like to say that I've created a lot of families. It gives me great joy," he said.
'The right thing': Green has even performed about two dozen same-sex marriages, he said.
"I believe in the separation of civil and religious marriages," he said. "To me I have no problem at all doing same-sex or 'traditional,' as I call them, weddings."
Green said when he is chosen to perform the ceremony, he shows the bride and groom the ceremony and lets them change it as they wish.
"The ceremony that I offer, they are allowed to make any changes. They're more than welcome to. To me it's just the right thing to do," he said, adding, "It's whatever people want, I'm here to help."
Green said he does not set a price for his services.
"As I explain to people, it's on a free will donation basis, based on the generosity of the bride and groom," he said.
Green said he also performs military weddings at the courthouse as well as weddings for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement prisoners. He said he does not accept money from military personnel.
"It's very gratifying to me that I can still do this for people," he said.
What's next?: Green does not plan on stopping anytime soon.
"I will continue to officiate weddings because it gives me great personal satisfaction doing this for people," he said. "God willing, I will keep doing it as long as I am alive."
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