‘Marriage officiant’ bill falls victim to disagreement
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Couples hoping to have a beloved family member or best friend preside at their wedding will have to plan their ceremony in Vermont or some other state that allows such proceedings, because New Hampshire will not, at least for now.
A bill that would have allowed family or friends to preside at weddings through a special marriage officiant license died unexpectedly — the victim of a disagreement between the House and Senate over the use of retired judges on the state Supreme Court.
What do retired Supreme Court judges have to do with special marriage officiants you may ask? The answer is nothing, except that Senate Democrats for reasons they have yet to explain decided to attach the “non-germane” amendment about judges to the marriage officiant bill.