- 8 years ago
I seem to get two different responses in regards to the legality of ULC marriages in New York State. You can be ordained by the Universal Life Church online to perform marriages, but I know there were some court cases that contested the legality of those marriages in New York. There was a case on Long Island, and I had heard that Westchester County does not acknowledge the ULC as a real religion/church.
Do laws concerning this vary county to county within the State? Or is it either accepted or contested by the whole state?
I know the ULC site suggested it is legal, but I was hoping for a source pertaining to the law.
When I tried to look it up online, it seems many people say the wording of the laws are open to interpretation….
The court cases that came up when I looked were:
Ranieri v Ranieri
Ravenal v Ravenal
Rubino v City of New York
I just would like to know if we can have a relative get ordained through the ULC and be our officiant or if we should go to the courthouse for the legal ceremony and than have our wedding be separate.
We have not yet picked a venue, but we are looking in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Westchester County.