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Judges performing marriages

Published (3/23/2012)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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Larry Neilson of St. Paul would like his sister to perform the marriage of his daughter. His sister is a judge, and while most judges are able to perform the duty, as an administrative judge, she cannot.

Rep. Bev Scalze (DFL-Little Canada) sponsors HF2447 that would add administrative judges to the list of those who can solemnize a marriage.

The House Civil Law Committee approved the bill March 19 and moved it the full House for consideration.

Rep. John Lesch (DFL-St. Paul) quipped that Neilson’s sister could go online “and for 5 bucks be able to perform weddings,” noting that is the process he followed.

Neilson termed that “unethical.”

The companion, SF2106, sponsored by Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), awaits action on the Senate floor.

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