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New York releases virtual wedding rules, wedding officiants can now perform video wedding ceremonies (UPDATED)

Published: Monday, Apr. 20th, 2020

Over the weekend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released an executive order that allowed city clerks and other wedding officiants to officiate wedding ceremonies over the internet by video. The announcement marked the first such officia...


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How to Get Certified to Marry Someone: Ordination, Certification, and Minister Licensing Explained

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 2020

The first step before officiating a wedding, even before you start talking about the ceremony, is making sure you are legally allowed to solemnize weddings. Everyone has the legal right to do so, but much like other important life events, the government has found a way to involve itself. So, as a wedding minister, you need to ensure that you meet your state’s requirements – which...


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Ordination vs. Government License: Do You Need to Register to Officiate Weddings in Your State?

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2020

If this is your first time officiating a wedding, your first concern might be, “how do I make sure the wedding is legal?” The good news is, it’s actually pretty easy. But, you’ll need to figure out the following: Do you need a government minister license, or is your online ordination sufficient?
 
Let’s start by breaking down the diff...


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Is Virginia about to get rid of its discriminatory marriage officiant laws?

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 2020

After years of preventing online-ordained ministers (and many other Virginians) from officiating weddings, lawmakers in Virginia might soon allow regular folk to officiate weddings for friends and family members. This development is part of an update to the Commonwealth’s marriage law currently making its way through Virginia’s legislature.
 
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Here’s why you should always check local marriage license rules…

Published: Monday, Sep. 9th, 2019

Late last month, an online church sued the Cleveland County Register of Deeds in North Carolina, alleging that the County’s Register of Deeds Betsy Harnage denied a marriage license to an unnamed couple because their officiant was ordained online. A few days later, local media reported that they were


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Clark County, Las Vegas, issues new rules, making it easier for online-ordained ministers and others to perform weddings

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2019

After years of lobbying by ministers and couples, the Clark County government, which includes Las Vegas, has made it easier for online-ordained ministers to officiate weddings, regardless of religious affiliation. The updated requirements remove the need for officiants to submit proof of their religious affiliation, opening the option up to anyone that completes the appropriate application p...





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