Church Sues State Over New Law Barring Online Marriage Officiants

The Universal Life Church Monastery is suing Tennessee and four county clerks in an effort to block a new state law that, beginning on July 1, bars any minister who receives an online ordination from solemnizing marriage ceremonies, the Times Free Press reports. The suit asserts that certain provisions of the new law are in direct violation of the First and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution in addition to Article 1, Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution. The lawsuit names Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and four county clerks whose offices issue marriage licenses, in their official capacities.
 
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