If you're an online-ordained officiant in Tennessee, you may not be anymore #Advice#officiant#secular#tennessee Posted Jun 19 2019 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Here's my friend (ordained by AMM!) officiating my wedding last monthPhoto by Emma Mullins Photography If you're an officiant in Tennessee who was ordained online, you may not legally be able to officiate weddings anymore. Here's the scoop: as of July 1, 2019, the Tennessee Legislature has put forth HB0213 which will strip the rights of online-ordained officiants from performing weddings (…"prohibits persons receiving online ordinations from solemnizing the rite of matrimony…"). This means that only ministers from state-sanctioned churches are allowed to officiate weddings. Thousands of weddings are now being thrown into disarray, and tens-of-thousands more LGBTQ couples, non-native speaking couples, low income couples, and rural couples have lost access to ministers that share their values and beliefs. Uncool, y'all. But fear not, one of our amazing vendor partners, American Marriage Ministries (AMM), is doing the state a solid and going on a tour of six Tennessee cities and towns to re-ordain their ministers (and anyone else who wants in on the ordination action!) so that they can still perform weddings they had planned this summer, and serve their communities. Ministers from AMM will be providing free on-site minister ordination throughout the state,and will answer your ordination and officiant questions, and offer free training materials (while supplies last). If you got ordained online, no matter what website you used, and plan on officiating a wedding in Tennessee, this event is for you. Tennessee tour dates Here are the dates for the tour this week with Facebook Event links with more details on each event: June 21 – Clarksville, Tennessee June 22 – Jackson, Tennessee June 24 – Memphis, Tennessee June 25 – Chattanooga, Tennessee June 26 – Knoxville, Tennessee June 27 & 28 – Nashville, Tennessee Head out to your nearest event, get your free ordination from AMM, and grab a drink with your fellows offbeat-friendly officiants. Here's a link to their blog post announcing the tour and a link to their open letter to the legislature, which is definitely worth the read. Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS This pair finished the Boston Marathon and went right into their ceremony! NEXT Don your wings & feathers for this whimsical animal menagerie wedding (with a unicorn first look!) Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.