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AMM’s In-person Ordination Tour in Tennessee: A Look Back – and Forward

Published: Thursday, Jun. 25th, 2020

A Look Back

One year ago at this time, on this very day, we had our feet on the ground in Tennessee. With just a few weeks’ notice, we invited everyone to come from near and far in Tennessee to get ordained with us in person, and to take a stand against the state’s unjust anti-online ordination law....

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An Update from AMM on Tennessee's Anti-Online Ordination Law

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 10th, 2020


It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the one-year anniversary of Tennessee’s anti-online ordination law (SB1377/HB0213) and essentially nothing has changed....

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Tennessee Lawmakers move to strip same-sex couples of marriage equality (again)

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2020

Just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower, a group of Tennessee lawmakers introduced yet another bill that aims to strip non-traditional couples of their constitutional right to marriage and equal treatment under the law. ...

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Here’s the Latest on What’s Happening with Tennessee’s Online Ordination Ban

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019

Are you wondering what’s happening with the legal challenges to a law that prohibits ministers ordained online from officiating weddings in Tennessee? Here are the latest updates, and everything you need to know to be allowed to perform weddings in the state. But before we dig into the details, the bottom line is this: ...

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How Online Ordination Facilitates Marriage Equality in Rural America

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 mainstr...

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Tennessee and AMM: What Lies Ahead?

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....

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Tennessee Federal Judge Sides with Online Churches

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!...

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

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.”...


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