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Joan Devine <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 4 Nov 2003 12:00:06 -0500
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It has always been my policy to have both the bride and the groom sign the
marriage license in front of me or my assistant.  I strayed from that policy
and these were the results:

1.  Male came in for the license and wanted to marry the mother of his
children that he has been living with for 15 years.  I allowed him to sign
the license, pay the fee, and leave with the document.  Time went by and the
license was never returned.  I asked him (I know him personally) when I saw
him if the marriage ever took place and he advised it did not.  He was very
excited to get married and very embarrassed that it did not happen.

2.  Female came into office for license and said groom was not available to
sign the license.  She quoted the law that says either the bride or the
groom must sign the document in front of the clerk.  I weighed policy versus
law and gave in to law.  The next thing I saw was this couple on the news.
They had gotten married in the Burlington jail as the bride brought a
justice of the peace with her to visit the groom and the justice performed
the ceremony.  This allowed the bride to not have to testify in a big
criminal case against her husband.


----- Original Message -----
From: "CHERYL MOOMEY" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 11:44 AM
Subject: Surprise Marriages

> This is my second request this year so I wanted some input from other
clerks if you've run into the same situation or would oblige.  I have
someone who wants to have a surprise wedding.  Our office policy has always
been that both parties come in to sign the license to determine both are of
age, both willing, etc.  She said he expects a May wedding but she wants to
surprise him at Christmas.  She's already booked the hall!  Vitals said it
can be done, but I am entitled to stick to my policy if I want.
> What if the guy says no?  I know that wouldn't be my problem, but I've
talked to other men when this happend last summer (including my boyfriend)
and they all said they would not like it.
> Please let me know if you've done it or you would do it.
> Thanks.
> Cheryl