Judge Says New Law for Online Ordination Raises 'Serious Constitutional Issues'

Chief District Judge Waverly Crenshaw said today that a lawsuit challenging a new law that bans ministers ordained online from performing marriages raised "serious constitutional issues" that should be considered at trial by the end of the year, the Tennessean reports. Until then, Crenshaw said, ministers ordained online could continue to perform legal marriages. The Universal Life Church Monastery, a ministry that ordains ministers online, sued Tennessee over the law last month, saying it violated religious protections of the First Amendment among other things. The law was set to go into effect Monday, but Crenshaw intervened with an order to maintain the status quo.
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