Marriage license; authorization to designate marriage officiant. (SB145)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Marriage license; authorization for marriage officiant. Allows the parties to a marriage to designate an officiant, who shall be 18 years of age or older and not a party to the marriage, on their application for a marriage license. The bill provides that a license issued with such designation shall serve as authorization for the named officiant to celebrate the rites of such marriage in the Commonwealth. Under current law, ministers and other persons except for judges need a judicial order authorizing them to act as marriage officiants. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102850D
12/29/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2016Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU is monitoring this legislation. It is time to rewrite the provisions of the Virginia Code that govern state solemnization of civil marriages to remove unconstitutional distinctions among and between officiants from some faith organizations and others and between religious officiants and non-religious officiants.