Amy Poehler Helps Carrie Brownstein Officiate Impromptu Same-Sex Wedding at Book Signing
By Emily Krauser
Is there anything Amy Poehler and Carrie Brownstein can’t do?
Brownstein was in Pasadena, California, for a book signing for her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, which Poehler was moderating. During the Q&A at the Vroman’s Books event at Central Presbyterian Church, a couple in the audience raised their hands to ask a question -- that had nothing to do with the Sleater-Kinney singer’s tome.
Knowing that Brownstein, 41, was an ordained minister, Kendall Oshiro and Genevieve Hernandez asked if she would marry them right there. Lucky for the women, the Portlandia star agreed!
As soon as she was done with her Q&A, Brownstein brought the couple on stage. Poehler handed the couple flowers and eventually took to the church organ as the author-musician prepared a few words. The 44-year-old comedian played the small part of “Greensleeves” that she knew, to uproarious laughter from the audience.
Brownstein’s lovely speech for the impromptu ceremony was even more impressive due to the lack of time she had to write it for the brides, who she didn't know.
“All of us here are rooting for you… [in] the way that we root for ourselves, in the way that we root for love to always win out over despair, for hope to win out over fear, for joy to win out over sorrow -- we root for you in those ways,” Brownstein said. “And we root for you to never feel small, impartial, less than. We root for the two of you to make each other feel the biggest, strongest, most special you’ve ever felt.”