Overturn HB213 | SB1377. The new law on who can officiate a wedding in Tennessee

Overturn HB213 | SB1377. The new law on who can officiate a wedding in Tennessee

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Michael Marren started this petition to Governor Bill Lee

The new marriage officiant law or HB213/SB1377  states ONLY the following can officiate a wedding. Many people in the LGBTQ+ community, the non religious community, and people that want friends or family members to officiate their weddings just don’t want to use a Government or Religious entity to officiate their wedding. 

All regular ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis and other spiritual leaders of every religious belief, more than eighteen (18) years of age, having the care of souls.”

In addition to the above mentioned, the following may also officiate a wedding (according to the new law) 

The governor;
The speaker of the Senate and former speakers of the Senate;
The speaker of the House of Representatives and former speakers of the House of Representatives;
Current and former members of county legislative bodies or county commissions;
Current or former county mayors or county executives;
Current or former judges and chancellors, including any judge of the United States courts who are citizens of Tennessee;
The county clerk of each county and former county clerks who occupied the office of county clerk on or after July 1, 2014; and
Mayors of any municipality.

 

We understand that this bill expands the already available government entities that are able to officiate a wedding. That’s not the problem. The problem is forcing the people to use the Government or a Religious party to officiate their wedding by removing the ability for an online ordained minister to legally officiate weddings. 

Now im not sure about the rest of you, but I am not welcome in MOST churches and places of religious practice and in Tennessee, I’m not confident the elected officials are going to take time away from their free time to officiate my wedding, nor do I want to get married in a courthouse. 

This needs changed! We need freedom to be wed by anyone we see fit that also has their credentials. Mandating us to use the Government or a Religious entity is just one more step backwards. Sign the petition and help us enforce change. 

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