TN will no longer recognize online ordained ministers to solemnize weddings
KNOXVILLE, TN— Starting July 1st, Tennessee will no longer recognize online ordained ministers in solemnizing marriages.
It's your wedding day, and the happy couple has a choice of any ordained minister to officiate the wedding.
"It's a happy event for most people, and something everyone enjoys being a part of," said Knox County Clerk Sherry Witt.
But in Tennessee, that's changing soon.
"As of July 1st...an internet-ordained minister will no longer have the authority to solemnize weddings," Witt said.
Witt said the law prevents ministers who were ordained online to officiate weddings.
She says it adds members of the Tennessee General Assembly to the list of other government officials who are allowed to.