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Archive for the ‘Wedding Laws’ Category.

 

ULC Court Cases: Ravenal v. Ravenal

ULC Court Cases: Ravenal v. Ravenal

August 22nd, 2012

Case Background In the case of Ravenal v. Ravenal, Richard S. Ravenal asked the Supreme Court of New York County for an annulment of his marriage to Cathy Linton Ravenal on the grounds that the individual who solemnized the marriage was not authorized to do so. Cathy Linton Ravenal appeared in court but did not Read More


ULC Court Cases: Universal Life Church v. USA (1997)

ULC Court Cases: Universal Life Church v. USA

August 14th, 2012

Case Background On August 14, 1997 the Universal Life Church took the United States of America to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the automatic stay provision of bankruptcy law had been violated in the case of the Universal Life Church vs. the United States of America. The automatic stay provision provides that Read More


ULC Court Cases: Fulton v. Vickery

first amendment

August 13th, 2012

Case Background On March 5, 1985, Lynn Stone Fulton appealed the Superior Court of Orange County, North Carolina decision in the case Fulton vs. Vickery. Lynn Fulton charged Charles E. Vickery and the Universal Life Church, Inc (an organization unaffiliated with the original ULC of Modesto, CA that Vickery was a member of) of having Read More


ULC Court Cases: Rubino v. City of New York

ULC Court Cases: Rubino v. City of New York

August 10th, 2012

Case Background In the matter of the court case Anthony Rubino et al, vs. the City of New York, argued on June 8, 1984, a group of ministers ordained by the Universal Life Church petitioned the New York County Supreme Court to allow them the right to perform marriage rites. The petitioning ministers believed that Read More


ULC Court Cases: State of North Carolina v. Lynch

ULC Court Cases: State of North Carolina v. Lynch

August 9th, 2012

Case Background Summary: The Superior Court of North Carolina convicted James Roberts Lynch of bigamy. He appealed the decision to the Court of Appeals, but the decision stood. Lynch then took his appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court. The decision was reversed when it was found that his first marriage was solemnized by someone who Read More


ULC Court Cases: O’Neill v. O’Neill

ULC Court Cases: O'Neill v. O'Neill

August 8th, 2012

Case Background This case concerned Jason B. O’Neill and Jennifer R. O’Neill as they submitted to the Court of Common Please of Bucks County, PA for a decision regarding the validity of their marriage. They had been married by a minister who was ordained by the Universal Life Church. The court had to decide whether Read More


ULC Court Cases: Cramer v. Commonwealth of Virginia

ULC Court Cases: Cramer v. Commonwealth of Virginia

August 7th, 2012

Case Background In 1974 a group of ministers ordained by the Universal Life Church had their rights to conduct marriage ceremonies taken away by the Circuit Court of Richmond, VA. This group of ministers, named under M.A. Cramer in the case, appealed the decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to rule that any Read More


ULC Helps Ease Wedding Officiant Rules In Erie County, NY

ULC ministers in Erie County, New York

June 21st, 2012

It is now possible for Universal Life Church Monastery ministers to perform wedding ceremonies in Erie County, NY without registering as a wedding officiant there. This development occurred thanks to efforts taken by the ULC staff to correct a misunderstanding made by the Erie County clerk’s office. The crux of this misunderstanding was centered around Read More


The Laws and Debate Surrounding Bigamy

Marriage Definition, One Man, One Woman

August 3rd, 2011

The Laws and Debate Surrounding Bigamy The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Law and Reynolds v The United States of America Though the debate surrounding marriage is between is contentious however, the idea that it is a practice for two people, and only two people is unquestionably entrenched into the institution. Bigamy, bi- meaning two and -gamy meaning Read More


The Defense of Marriage Act

United States Constitution, Marriage, Law

July 22nd, 2011

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the current law at the Federal level which governs over the institution of marriage. Full Legal Text of the Defense of Marriage Act: History/Background: In 1996, under the Clinton administration, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act. In section III, this act explicitly defines marriage as a legal Read More