Representing Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax

Persons other than ministers who may celebrate rites of marriage; filing of the marriage record (HB 863)

Legislative Action Summary

Makes it much easier for people who are not ordained ministers to officiate weddings. I have officiated three weddings myself in Virginia, and the process is needlessly burdensome. I believe everyone has a First Amendment right to perform wedding ceremonies, and current law discriminates on the basis of religion.

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