Separation of Church and State, or lack there of regarding weddings

I just made the connection that Canyonlands, UT is Moab. Holy feck, we are going to Moab!

Trip Stats (round trip):

  • 2,854 Miles
  • 44:47 drivetime
  • $668 fuel cost (assuming 10MPG)
  • $58.99/night RV Campground (vs. $120/night hotel)

Driving will be split into two 12 hour drives. One overnight somewhere in a Kansas Parking Lot.

The tricky part is actually getting married. Utah has ancient ordainment laws:

A minister, rabbi, priest, county clerk, Native American spiritual adviser, the Governor, mayors, court commissioners and judges, as well as particular members of the legislature may perform wedding ceremonies. Two witnesses over 18 must also be present at the wedding ceremony.

This means that we can’t throw cash to someone to snap some photos and say, “Hey, you are married and stuff”. We’ll have to drag along at least three other people for no reason at all, which fecks me off.

A self-uniting marriage is one in which the couple are married without the presence of a third-party officiant. Although non-denominational, this method of getting married is sometimes referred to as a “Quaker Marriage”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-uniting_marriage

An example of a “loose state”:

Illinois law states that “if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, both parties to the marriage, shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the county clerk within 10 days after such marriage is solemnized.” Nonetheless, such weddings must be “in accordance with the prescriptions of any religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group.”

I don’t know why religion must be part of two people combining resources to establish a family unit. Or maybe I’m just a crazy avocado toast eating millennial.

So instead, it seems as if we will be setting up a few cameras to auto snap photos every few seconds, have a drone circle a cliffside, and head to the local courthouse to “make it official”.

Come back, rent an Airbnb to throw a reception party for the weekend. Success.

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