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Tennessee and AMM: What Lies Ahead?

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

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)


Tennessee Federal Judge Sides with Online Churches

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Tags: online-ordination, tennessee

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 3rd, 2019

Great News, Ministers! A federal judge in Tennessee has frozen the implementation of a law that barred ministers ordained online from solemnizing marriage in the state. That means that if you got ordained online with American Marriage Ministries, you may officiate weddings this summer!

Chief District Judge Waverly Crenshaw said today that there are "serious constitutional issues" with the new Tennessee law that bans ministers ordained online from performing marriages. This means that ministers ordained online may continue to perform legal marriages.

 

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“No Thanks, I Don’t Want a Stranger!” Chattanooga TN Ordination Tour Update

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

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25th, 2019

“I called the county clerk and they told me that I can’t make an appointment, and that they don’t know who will perform the actual ceremony,” one bride told us during the Chattanooga stop of our Tennessee Ordination Tour. “This is the biggest commitment of my life,” she said. “No thanks, I don’t want a stranger.”

That's how poorly planned out Tennessee's discriminatory new marriage law is, and why it's going to be overturned, sooner or later!

This morning, we learned that opposition to the law is still growing. The Universal Life Church is getting involved now, filing a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee to prevent Public Chapter No. 415 from entering into force. ...(continued)


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Crowds Grow at Memphis TN In-Person Ordination

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Tags: tennessee-marriage-law, online-ordination, religious-freedom, public-chapter-415, in-person-ordination, in-person-ordination

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25th, 2019

Early Monday morning your fearless AMM representatives drove from Nashville to Memphis, TN, where we were greeted with blue skies and mild weather. It was a great day for outdoor ordination!

When we arrived at Shelby Farms Park to set up, the crowd was already forming. It was our biggest day so far, and on a Monday no less! We met hundreds of ministers and AMM supporters from across the region! Folks had driven in from Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to prepare for upcoming weddings in the volunteer state.

We heard from all backgrounds and beliefs; Agnostics, Christians, Wiccans, all united in defense of religious freedom and opposition to Public Chapter No. 415. Public outrage is growing, and at every stop we make, the crowds get larger. Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Legislature, can you hear the voice of the public yet?

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AMM to Provide In-Person Ordination in Tennessee for All Ministers affected by New Marriage Law

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Tags: tennessee-marriage-law, online-ordination, community, networking, in-person-ordination

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 11th, 2019

Attention Ministers, Friends, and Family:

American Marriage Ministries is coming to Tennessee to ordain you in person so that you can perform weddings in compliance with the new marriage law that was passed last month! With thousands of ministers stranded by the discriminatory Public Chapter No. 415, we are rising to the challenge because our ministers and the communities they serve are entitled to wedding ceremonies that reflect their values and beliefs, despite what the Tennessee legislature says!

Ministers from our Seattle headquarters will be providing FREE on-site minister ordination throughout the state, where we will answer ALL of your ordination and officiant questions, and offer FREE training materials (while supplies last)!

If you got ordained online, no matter what website you used, and plan on officiating a wedding in Tennessee, this event is for you! ...(continued)


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