senate Bill S739

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Designates lay individuals as one-day marriage officiants in order to solemnize marriages

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Judiciary Committee

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to judiciary
returned to senate
died in assembly
Feb 09, 2021 referred to judiciary
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 03, 2021 advanced to third reading
Feb 02, 2021 2nd report cal.
Feb 01, 2021 1st report cal.206
Jan 06, 2021 referred to judiciary


S739 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§11, 12, 13 & 13-b, Dom Rel L; add §110, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A6952
2015-2016: A5223
2017-2018: S5858, A1137
2019-2020: S1430, S3652, A4895

S739 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Designates lay individuals as one-day marriage officiants in order to solemnize marriages.

S739 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S739 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 6, 2021
 Introduced  by  Sens. BIAGGI, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
 AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law and  the  executive  law,  in
   relation to designating lay individuals to solemnize marriages

   Section 1. Subdivisions 1, 1-a, 2 and 3-a of section 11 of the  domes-
 tic relations law, subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 95 of the laws of
 2011,  subdivision  1-a  as  amended  by chapter 96 of the laws of 2011,
 subdivision 2 as amended by section 1 of subpart E of part B of  chapter
 20  of  the laws of 2015, and subdivision 3-a as added by chapter 450 of
 the laws of 2014, are amended and a new subdivision 3-b is added to read
 as follows:
   1. A clergyman or minister of any religion, or by the  senior  leader,
 or  any  of the other leaders, of The Society for Ethical Culture in the
 city of New York, having its principal office in the borough of  Manhat-
 tan,  or  by  the  leader  of  The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture,
 having its principal office in the borough of Brooklyn of  the  city  of
 New  York,  or  of the Westchester Ethical Society, having its principal
 office in Westchester county, or of the Ethical Culture Society of  Long
 Island,  having  its principal office in Nassau county, or of the River-
 dale-Yonkers Ethical Society having its principal office in Bronx  coun-
 ty,  or  by  the  leader of any other Ethical Culture Society affiliated
 with the American Ethical Union; provided that no clergyman or  minister
 as  defined in section two of the religious corporations law, or Society
 for Ethical Culture leader shall be required to solemnize  any  marriage
 when  acting  in  his  or her capacity under this subdivision.  [1-a.] A
 refusal by a clergyman or minister as defined  in  section  two  of  the
 religious  corporations  law,  or  Society for Ethical Culture leader to
 solemnize any marriage under this subdivision shall not create  a  civil
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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