(Closed) Justice of the Peace – Uncommon? Strange?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

They seem pretty common around here. A lot of people I know (Christians, too) have been married by them.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Brother-In-Law (sister’s husband) married us. He’s not a clergy or a JOP or anything other than a close friend/relative who cares about us and who got certified on the internet! I mean, your marriage is important and sacred to YOU no matter who marries you, right?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Very common for a civil wedding, not a religious one.  If you are getting married in PA you can do a “self-uniting” ceremony where you don’t need an officiant at all.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

Tell her you’ve decided on Tuna Tom. As a ship’s captain, he’s totally qualified, plus you found a groupon so, yeah– 20 bucks off!!!

Seriously, I was married by a JOP — it’s just a type of judge. And every one of our 16 years (and counting) was meaningful. As much or more than the dozen friends of ours who were divorced by a judge after being married by clergy.

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