Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What part of "make no law" don't they understand?

Pennsylvania tramples the establishment and free exercise clauses of the 1st amendment.

Are marriages valid if performed by people who were "ordained" by online churches in a matter of minutes and have no congregation? Answer: No.

In a York County case, a Common Pleas Court judge invalidated a 10-month marriage, finding that a friend of the bride's who officiated at the wedding didn't have the power to do so under Pennsylvania law even though he had been ordained online by the Universal Life Church. The judge ruled the friend didn't qualify as a minister under state law because he had no regular congregation or place of worship.

Now for what it's worth, I think the Universal Life Church is a bad joke. It's always been my understanding however that the state has no role in determining the qualifications of clergy. I foresee a reversal on appeal.

By the way, the ACLU who normally get a hard time from me are on the the right side of this one. Credit where it's due.

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