ALBANY — Anyone would be able to perform a wedding ceremony in New York State under a bill introduced in Albany granting special, one-day officiating licenses.
Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D-Ossining) said she sponsored the bill because more and more couples want to get hitched by someone close to them.
“Couples are more and more interested in having a meaningful relationship with the person who solemnizes their weddings, and a lack of religious connection or political office should not preclude someone from the wedding of which they have always dreamed,” Galef said.
Under current law, only ordained ministers, judges, county justices, clergymen and selected elected officials get to marry people. In New York City, the city clerk can also perform the ceremony.
State Sen. Patricia Ritchie (R-Watertown) has sponsored a matching bill in her chamber.
It’s not clear whether the legislation will come up for a vote before the legislature ends its session next month.
Credit: NY Post