If you're an online-ordained officiant in Tennessee, you may not be anymore

If you're an online-ordained officiant in Tennessee, you may not be anymore
Here's my friend (ordained by AMM!) officiating my wedding last month
Photo 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 MinistriesThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them (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.

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