The Wedding May Have Been Fun, But Did The Pastor Have The Authority?

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laypastorwedding.jpgFrom The New York Times
By Devan Sipher

IN an era of six-figure weddings when couples obsess about the band playlist and hand towels for the restrooms, one question may get short shrift: Is the person performing the wedding legally able to do so?

 

Daniel Morales and Gwendolyn Baxter thought they knew. Their outdoor ceremony two summers ago in Farmington, Conn., was performed by a friend who had been ordained online by the Universal Life Church. Having heard of other couples who were married that way, they assumed it was legal.

But Connecticut is one of a half-dozen places that do not recognize marriages performed by someone who became a minister for the sole purpose of marrying people. Such a minister “doesn’t meet the requirements of the state statutes,” said William Gerrish, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Tango’s Take

This is becoming a fun trend. Check out our Dish from July 18th on Tori Spelling becoming a minister online to marry people at her B&B. We know that states like to have a say in who gets married (marriage license, blood tests and pre-marriage courses in Texas) but this is a little silly. When people get married overseas, don’t they often just get married in a court and then have the ceremony at the destination wedding? People wonder why more couples are opting to just cohabitate. We’re not saying that getting hitched should be easier, but some hurdles are a little superfluous. Joey married Chandler and Monica on Friends and they’re still together as far as we fictionally know.

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