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Archive for the ‘Wedding Laws’ Category.

 

The Respect for Marriage Act Explained

The U.S. Senate delayed a vote on the Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex marriage until after the midterm elections.

January 10th, 2023

In December 2022, the House voted 258 to 169 and the Senate voted 61 to 36 in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act. Not only did enough senators vote in favor of this act to overcome a filibuster, but it received the most votes of any pro-LGBTQ legislation in history. Indeed, many view this Read More


Five New Jersey Towns Accused of Violating Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Five New Jersey towns restricted the availability of marriage licenses to opposite-sex couples and excluded nonbinary applicants.

November 25th, 2022

Five New Jersey towns were recently issued notices of violation by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). These towns had details on their websites that restricted the availability of marriage licenses to opposite-sex couples and excluded applicants for marriage with nonbinary gender identities. Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey Same-sex couples in New Jersey Read More


Allegheny County, PA Settles Lawsuit With Universal Life Church

The Allegheny County lawsuit was recently settled in the Universal Life Church's favor, so now ULC ministers can operate fully in the area.

July 27th, 2022

The Universal Life Church is pleased to announce the positive resolution of another recent court case in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In 2021, the Universal Life Church (ULC) filed a federal lawsuit against Allegheny County, PA, after learning that the county had repeatedly denied its ministers the right to solemnize marriages by refusing to recognize the Read More


Clark County Settles Lawsuit With Universal Life Church

The Clark County lawsuit was recently settled in the Universal Life Church's favor, so now ULC ministers can operate fully in the area.

June 30th, 2022

This past February, Clark County, Nevada finally agreed to settle a lawsuit that the Universal Life Church brought against it back in 2016 over discriminatory treatment of its ministers in the area. As Universal Life Church (ULC) ministers in the area were likely aware, Clark County and County Clerk Lynn Goya instituted a series of Read More


Texas Legislator Targets Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Senate delayed a vote on the Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex marriage until after the midterm elections.

December 21st, 2021

In the summer of 2021, the state of Texas passed its controversial “heartbeat bill” addressing abortion and banning the procedure after 6 weeks, before most women know they are pregnant and with no exception for incest and rape. This legislation appears to have been just a starting poinA Texas legislator is now attempting to pass Read More


Tips on Asking a Friend To Officiate Your Wedding

Tennessee recently debated a measure that would have challenged same-sex unions in the state by creating heterosexual-only marriage.

April 30th, 2019

Are you looking for a unique way to personalize your wedding ceremony? If you and your partner are searching for something truly special, consider asking a close friend or family member to officiate your wedding. Having a friend join your lives together in matrimony can really add a memorable quality to what will already be Read More


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

The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by a Christian website designer who wants to be able to refuse service to LGBTQ customers.

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