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Archive for the ‘Wedding Laws’ Category.

 

Same-Sex Marriage: Does the Supreme Court Get the Final Say?

Same-sex wedding cake topper.

September 30th, 2016

During the summer of 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court finally appeared to settle the question of whether or not same-sex marriage is a legal right. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the court decided in a 5-4 ruling, that the Constitution of the United States not only allows, but guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. The court Read More


The Great Cake Debate: A Gay Marriage Update

Perform a wedding as a ULC minister

May 18th, 2015

Much has happened since two small Colorado bakeries declined requests to make cakes and ended up facing an investigation by the State.  Both owners made the same decision for the same reason as they denied patrons a cake based on their personal beliefs.  What many people may not realize is that the very big difference Read More


Will Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal Across the United States by the End of 2015?

January 19th, 2015

On New Year’s Day Florida became the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage.  The progress made towards legalizing gay marriage in 2014 has made it known as the year for gay marriage and left many wondering if 2015 will be the year when every state will unite for marriage equality across the country.  The Universal Read More


Introduction to Pennsylvania Marriage Laws

Pennsylvania marriage laws

November 7th, 2012

The solemnization of marriages by Universal Life Church ministers has generated disagreement among many in the legal community in recent decades. Each state in the union has a slightly different set of rules about who has the authority to perform marriages. Few states’ statutes on marriages have been as hotly contested, however, as the state Read More


ULC Court Cases: 1978 Kentucky Attorney General Opinion

Ordained ministers who get ordained with the ULC can perform weddings in Kentucky

October 23rd, 2012

Remember that the attorney general opinion listed below refers to the ULC of Modesto, CA and NOT the ULC Monastery, but that the opinion is equally applicable to both organizations as well as all other branches of the ULC. Emphasis in the below text is added. Attorney General Opinion Background [Unknown, though Mr. Johnson presumably Read More


Court Ruling against DOMA Receives Seattle Pastor’s Approval

Courthouse draped in LGBTQ rainbow.

October 22nd, 2012

New York federal court of appeals rules DOMA unconstitutional The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the proposed federal legislation that would make it illegal for same-sex couples across the country to marry, was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. federal appeals court in the State of New York on Oct. 18. This ruling comes a couple Read More


How to Change Your Name

Social Security card and government documentation

October 12th, 2012

Introduction to the ULC Name Change Guide The Universal Life Church Monastery ordains more ministers than any other online church. This is mostly due to the fact that the ULC encourages people of all religious beliefs (and even some people that are not religious) to become ordained ministers online through them. Due to their mission Read More


ULC Court Cases: Ranieri v. Ranieri

ULC Court Cases: Ranieri v. Ranieri

September 24th, 2012

Case Background Rocco J. Ranieri appealed the decision of a Suffolk County, New York court to award Rae B. Ranieri with $500 in pendente lite relief, which is an alimony amount awarded before divorce proceedings have ended to a party in need of financial support, on December 18 1987. Rocco Ranieri was also ordered to Read More


ULC Court Cases: Universal Life Church v. USA (1974)

ULC Court Cases: Universal Life Church v. USA (1974)

September 6th, 2012

Please note: this court case pertains to the ULC of Modesto, CA and not the Universal Life Church Monastery of Seattle, WA. The latter’s has never had issues with the IRS or any government agency over taxes. Case Background In the case of the Universal Life Church v. The United States of America, the Universal Read More


ULC Court Cases: Blackwell v. Magee

ULC Court Cases: Blackwell v. Magee

September 5th, 2012

Case Background On August 17, 1988, Nadine Fortenberry challenged the will of her late husband, Cobert C. Blackwell. The will left property and a portion of his estate to Blackwell’s first wife, who was deceased by that time. The siblings of Cobert Blackwell, led by Mary Ella B. Magee, claimed that Fortenberry and the deceased Read More