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American Marriage Ministries Incorporated in Tennessee as a Non-Profit Corp.

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Tags: tennessee, ordination

Published: Friday, Jun. 14th, 2019

American Marriage Ministries is now incorporated in Tennessee as a non-profit corporation. In order to protect our ministers’ rights in the state, AMM has formed a foreign corporation with the Department of State’s Division of Business Services. Click here to view the filing. 

AMM’s Tennessee incorporation establishes a physical presence in the state, which will help us stay close to our ministers, and ensure that they can still serve their communities. This means that our ministers are now able to get ordained in-person, with a religious organization (AMM) that has in-state incorporation. This ensures that AMM Ministers can claim the same rights as other recognized religious officials in the state....(continued)

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)

An Open Letter to Members of the Tennessee Legislature

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Tags: tennessee, freedom-of-religion, 1st-amendment, online-ordination

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 5th, 2019

Dear members of the Tennessee Legislature,

I am writing because effective July 1, 2019, thousands of our Tennessee ministers will be stripped of their right to perform weddings for their friends, family, and neighbors. Over the next few months, thousands of Tennessee weddings will be thrown into confusion, with couples and ministers deprived of the opportunity to build community and create memories together. Furthermore, HB0213 threatens Tennessee’s multi-million-dollar wedding industry, and could send couples elsewhere to find ministers with whom they have a relationship and shared history – their friends and family. ...(continued)

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Are you affected by the new Tennessee Marriage Law?

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Published: Tuesday, Jun. 4th, 2019

Are you a MINISTER/WEDDING OFFICIANT or COUPLE in TENNESSEE who is impacted by the new law & willing to speak to local press or media?

Local news outlets want to hear your side of the story. If you would like to be a part of the public debate over minister's rights in Tennesee, please contact us at [email protected]


Growing Outrage: A Minister Responds to Tennessee’s Restrictive Marriage Law

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Tags: tennessee, freedom-of-religion, online-ordination, first-amendment

Published: Friday, May. 31st, 2019

Senator Yager,

My name is Helen Vaughn and I am an ordained minister. I have performed several weddings as well as several vow renewals of friends and family members elsewhere and here in Tennessee. I have been notified by my organization that as of July 1st, the State that I reside in will be taking this right away from me on July 1st 2019! I do not understand this, and ask that you to explain how this violation of my rights has come about!

We have numerous friends and family members that are transplants and have come to Tennessee and do not want to be married by a Judge who knows nothing about them, or by a minister in a church that has no clue about them and only wants to charge them and preach to them. ...(continued)