New Jersey may eliminate its waiting period for marriage licenses

    As Assembly committee has approved legislation to stimulate New Jersey’s wedding and tourism industry.The measure would eliminate New Jersey’s 72-hour waiting period to get a marriage or civil union license.Lambertville Mayor Dave DelVecchio said that will make it more convenient to have weddings at scenic locations and will boost economic activity. “I know in my town a wedding brings in people eager to spend money at local hotels, restaurants, and stores, and this bill will make places like Lambertville even more desirable for couples looking to have a destination wedding,” he said. The bill would also allow residents to apply for a marriage license where the ceremony is performed instead of having to get one in the community where they live.

    A provision in the legislation allows for an annulment without cause within 30 days of a ceremony. The League of American Families said this trivializes and demeans the institution of marriage.

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