American Marriage Ministries is now incorporated in Tennessee as a non-profit corporation. In order to protect our ministers’ rights in the state, AMM has formed a foreign corporation with the Department of State’s Division of Business Services. Click here to view the filing.
AMM’s Tennessee incorporation establishes a physical presence in the state, which will help us stay close to our ministers, and ensure that they can still serve their communities. This means that our ministers are now able to get ordained in-person, with a religious organization (AMM) that has in-state incorporation. This ensures that AMM Ministers can claim the same rights as other recognized religious officials in the state.
“AMM will always stand behind our ministers,” said AMM founder and president Glen Yoshioka. “We’ve listened to the concerns of our ministers in Tennessee, and we decided that getting incorporated in the state helps us offer the most robust ordination possible.”
We are also working with legal council in the state to make sure that we remain in compliance with local laws. While we maintain that the recently passed marriage laws discriminate against non-traditional ministers, our immediate concern is ensuring that our ministers are able to still perform weddings that they have planned in the months ahead.
In the weeks ahead, we will continue to add new features to our ordination process and minister platform that our community can use to verify their ordination. Make sure to check this blog frequently to stay up to date!