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

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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 difference, and then learn about which states require a government license or some other form of registration.
 
An ordination is the first, and often only requirement to officiate weddings in all 50 states. Ordination grants someone the authority to perform certain acts as a “minister” or religious authority, sanctioned by a religious institution. When you get ordained by American Marriage Ministries, it empowers you to legally join couples in marriage and sign the marriage license as an AMM minister. You don’t need to hold any specific beliefs. All that is re...(continued)

Tags: 1st-amendment, clergy, county-clerk-offices, freedom-of-religion, new-officiants




How Online Ordination Facilitates Marriage Equality in Rural America

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Published: Friday, Nov. 15th, 2019

It’s been more than half a century since we put a man on the moon, but in some parts of the US, same-sex and interracial couples are still routinely discriminated against. It’s also un-American.  That’s why months after getting ordained by American Marriage Ministries, Tim Hooker found himself in demand to officiate weddings for couples that were turned away by mainstream churches in his area. 

I visited Tim earlier this year to talk about his experiences. Driving into Cleveland Tennessee, the first thing I noticed was that there were a lot of churches. It seemed like there was one on every corner, but they weren’t of much use to same-sex or interracial couples looking to tie the knot.

“In Southern Appalachia, the ministers probably weren’t going to do it,” Tim said. 

 ...(continued)

Tags: 1st-amendment, freedom-of-religion, lgbtq-weddings, minister-rights, tennessee




Lawsuit Challenges Virginia’s Racist Marriage License Application

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Published: Sunday, Sep. 8th, 2019

Couples suing Virginia claim that the state’s marriage license application process is "offensive," "unconstitutional" and "reflective of a racist past.” And it’s not hard to see why...

In one county, the list of races that couples can choose from includes "Aryan," "Octoroon," "Quadroon" and "Mulatto.”

If your list includes designations used by slaveowners to designate ensure that mixed race children of slaves and their white owners would stay enslaved (and separate from “pure” white folk) you’ve got a serious problem.

A “mulatto” person is half black (one black parent). A "quadroon" was one quarter black (one black grandparent). An "octoroon" is one eighth black… ...(continued)

Tags: freedom-of-religion, marriage-equality, marriage-law, marriage-licenses, officiant-registration-requirements





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America Needs You to Get Ordained Online!

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Published: Sunday, Aug. 25th, 2019

You are the future of American Spirituality. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Atheist or a Zoroastrian, or anything and everything in between, this is your chance to transcend the failures of mainstream religion and practice faith on your terms. 

Welcome to American Marriage Ministries. 

Church attendance is dwindling and people are looking for something new. For generations, brick-and-mortar churches have failed to provide moral leadership or a vision for the future. 

That’s because inspiration comes from within, not the pulpit, and most certainly not from bureaucrats that want to tell you how and where to practice your religion. It’s inside you right now. We want to empower you to lead, to inspire, and to create community by helping people that love each other to celebrate that incredible emotion....(continued)

Tags: about-amm, advocacy, asked-to-officiate, first-amendment, freedom-of-religion




Tennessee and AMM: What Lies Ahead?

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Published: Wednesday, Jul. 10th, 2019

Several weeks ago, American Marriage Ministries embarked on an in-person ordination tour across the state of Tennessee, stopping in six cities to offer ordinations in response to the state’s discriminatory marriage law that targeted ministers that were ordained online.

Now that we’re back in Seattle and have had time to collect our thoughts and recover, we want to express our gratitude to the nearly 2,000 individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to line up and get ordained with us in Tennessee. 

Folks from every walk of life showed up at our events (some coming from across state borders). Countless Tennesseans volunteered their time and resources, places for us to stay, hot meals when we were too busy to leave our posts, space to host future ordination sites, and anything else we didn’t think of ourselves. ...(continued)

Tags: online-ordination, tennessee, freedom-of-religion, public-chapter-415






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