Ask AMM: "Who is in charge of getting the marriage license?"
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 3rd, 2020
"Hi AMM! Who is in charge of getting the marriage license – the officiant (me), or the couple? And what is the difference between the license that is signed in front of witnesses, and the certificates you sell in your store?"
First and foremost: the marriage license is the official document and proof of marriage that is recognized by the government....(continued)
New Hampshire Lawmakers Propose Special Wedding Officiant License
Published: Thursday, Jan. 2nd, 2020
Folks looking to officiate weddings in New Hampshire might be able to sign up for a special marriage officiant license -- if legislation introduced for the state’s 2020 legislative session passes. The proposed license would “temporarily authorize an individual to solemnize a marriage.”
Each limited-use license would authorize someone to solemnize the civil marriage designated on the registration form, and provide the officiant with proof of such authority from the secretary of state.
New Hampshire allows ordained ministers and judges to officiate weddings. But for folks that don’t want to get ordained online by organizations like American Marriage Ministries (we’re are all about options here), this new license would open up the space to officiate weddings. ...(continued)
Lawsuit Challenges Virginia’s Racist Marriage License Application
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)
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Will a Government Shutdown Prevent You From Filing Your Marriage License Or Getting Married? (updated)
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 2018
With Donald Trump threatening to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to pay for his border wall (see update), several of our ministers have reached out to AMM with two important questions. Will AMM ministers still be able to perform marriages during a shut down? And, can the couple still file their marriage licenses?
We have good news for you -- unless you live in Washington DC. Since the licenses are issued by the state, and the shutdown will only affect federal agencies, ministers can still perform the ceremonies and couples should have no trouble filing their marriage licenses. UPDATE: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed a bill that will allow her to grant marriage licenses and authorize officiants for 90 days. ...(continued)