Thursday, January 18, 2007

Opt for the Preordained Pastor

Pennsylvanians who were married by an Internet-ordained buddy may wish someday they'd walked down an aisle instead. Commonwealth law requires that a marriage be solemnized by someone with a "regularly established church or congregation."

It's become such a concern that legislators are proposing an amendment to the law, and couples who apply for a marriage license in York County are receiving a warning letter about being careful who they choose to marry them.

The disclaimer of liability states: "If you choose to be married by someone other than the officiants specifically listed & authorized by PA law, the burden of proof regarding the legality (or lack thereof) of your marriage will be upon you - should future issues arise that require a determination of the marriage's validity." [Link]

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