Friends Don’t Let (Online-Ordained) Friends Officiate at Their Weddings

Friends Don’t Let (Online-Ordained) Friends Officiate at Their Weddings

Jonathan Leibson/Getty ImagesWhen family law professor Joanna Grossman lived in New York a few years ago, she had to stop attending weddings. More and more of her friends and loved ones were getting married by, well, friends and loved ones instead of priests, rabbis or justices of the peace. On top of that, attorneys general from two states, Tennessee and Virginia, have issued opinions instructing county clerks not to recognize marriage licenses signed by ULC ministers. In those cases, individual judges decided that ULC ministers didn't meet the state's definition of a religious clergy member, because the ULC doesn't claim any religious beliefs and its \"ministers\" don't lead a congregation. Now That's Cool Massachusetts makes it easy for friends and family to officiate at weddings without having to pose as a minister.

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