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California Launches Virtual Weddings, Marriage Licenses

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By    |   Friday, 01 May 2020 07:45 AM EDT

If your California wedding was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, you will now be able to tie the knot online.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that Californians can obtain marriage licenses and even get married via video conference. Marriage ceremonies will require one witness to participate in the virtual wedding. 

The online option will only be available for 60 days. Typically, both parties have to apply for marriage licenses in person.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also approved an executive order that allows residents to obtain a marriage license remotely. New York will also allow couples to get married by a clerk through video conference.

On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced “Project Cupid,” which is a plan to move the marriage license process totally online. The platform is scheduled to be up and running next week. 

“We need moments of joy now more than ever, and we won’t let a pandemic get in the way of true love,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “To all of the couples looking forward to tying the knot, know that your city is right here with you, throwing rice from afar.”

The digital push comes days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the marriage rate in the United States has fallen to a record low, with 6.5 marriages occurring for every 1,000 people.

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If your California wedding was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak, you will now be able to tie the knot online. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that Californians can obtain marriage licenses and even get married via video conference. Marriage ceremonies...
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