assembly Bill A8547

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Authorizes Universal Life Church Ministers to solemnize marriages

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to judiciary
Dec 13, 2021 referred to judiciary


A8547 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §11, Dom Rel L

A8547 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes Universal Life Church Ministers to solemnize marriages.

A8547 (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  A S S E M B L Y
                             December 13, 2021
 Introduced  by M. of A. GALEF -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Judiciary
 AN ACT to amend the domestic relations  law,  in  relation  to  authori-
   zations to solemnize marriages

   Section 1.  Subdivision 1 of section 11 of the domestic relations law,
 as amended by chapter 95 of the laws of 2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
   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, OR BY A UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH MINISTER;
 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.
   § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.