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

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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.
 
If passed, the law would make it much easier for American Marriage Ministries' (AMM) Ministers to officiate weddings in Virginia. It would also represent a step towards marriage equality in a place where county clerks routinely prevent ministers from registering as wedding officiants.
 
Here’s a summary of 2020 Virginia House Bill No. 863:...(continued)

Tags: 1st-amendment, county-clerk-offices, officiant-registration-requirements, religious-freedom




Where to get ordained online – Popular places to get ordained online, and which one is right for you!

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Published: Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020

One of the most common questions aspiring wedding officiants ask is, “…where should I get ordained online?” You might have been asked to officiate a wedding, or perhaps there’s another religious ceremony you want to perform. Or, maybe you just want to become ordained so that you can have the title “minister.” They are all legitimate reasons to get ordained, and for most people, the easiest way to make that happen is to get ordained online. 

The good news is that there are plenty of online churches and religious organizations, so there’s probably one that shares your values and beliefs. The next step is finding out what one fits your needs, how much each church charges for ordination (American Marriage Ministries doesn’t charge anything) and then clicking “get ordained.”...(continued)

Tags: officiant-registration-requirements, online-ordination, ordination, planning, professional-officiants, professional-wedding-officiants, religious-freedom




AMM's Minister Ordination Package is a Must-Have!

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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019

If you’ve just gotten ordained with us, your Minister Ordination Package will get you squared away and ready to perform marriage in no time! Along with a copy of your official Minister Ordination Certificate, this package contains everything you need to get on your way to legally performing a wedding ceremony. Included in your AMM Minister Ordination Package is:

● (1) Ordination Certificate
● (1) AMM Minister's Manual
● (1) Letter of Good Standing
● (1) Certificate Holder
● Minister Registration Instructions (where applicable)
● Minister Registration Application Materials (where applicable)

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Tags: first-time-officiants, get-ordained, law, officiant-registration-requirements, ordination





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Meet AMM Minister Raquel - Someone JUST Like You

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Published: Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019

 

Hi Raquel! Tell us about yourself:

I live in Queens, New York, with my wife. I'm an office manager for a private investigation firm and I also run my own handmade business, Máquina 37. My company is named after my 1937 singer sewing machine, which I use to make custom look-alike cloth dolls and other sewn products.

 

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Tags: first-time-officiants, officiant-registration-requirements




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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