Virtual Avenue because the marriage that arose during the pandemic in New York State is no more. Since the end of last month, Zoom weddings are no longer legal. This means that if you want to get married, you must do it in person in the presence of a person authorized to perform the ceremony.
The ban on Zoom marriages in the state has been largely underestimated until New York Times pointed out last week. As stated in the store, this is due to the fact that Governor Andrew Cuomo raised executive order issued in April last year which temporarily amended the law to allow people to obtain wedding permits and virtually hold ceremonies.
A spokesman for the governor’s office said the executive order was intended for a state of emergency,, a declaration that allows Cuomo to temporarily suspend or modify any law or regulation to help or assist in dealing with the situation. Cuomo ended the state of emergency in New York on July 25, citing the region’s progress in dealing with the pandemic.
A spokesman for Shams Tarek told the Times in a statement that “the state does not prevent anyone from broadcasting live a safe route to the town hall or office of your clergy.”
“Get vaccinated, kiss your new spouse and dance the chorus if you want – New Yorkers have worked hard to get to where we are now and we are celebrating a return to normal every day,” he said.
However, this differs significantly from what was previously allowed, where a wedding ceremony could be held anywhere, such as parks, cars, or even hospitals, as long as the couple was in the state. Cthe current law of New York requires couples to get married “In the presence” of an authorized officer.
“No special form or ceremony is required when the marriage is contracted as provided herein by the clergy or judge, but the parties must solemnly declare themselves in the presence of the clergy or the judge and the witness or witness to take each other for husband and wife” the law states.
Tarek said new legislation will be needed to make virtual marriages legal.
According to the Times, the sudden change meant that many couples with virtual wedding ceremonies were scheduled after June 25 they had to change their plans. It is also strange that given how much technology has changed our lives during this health hazard – with some companies, for example, hiring employees work from home permanently – we have downloaded to digital step back.
That doesn’t mean we should say goodbye to personal ceremonies. Some prefer them! But legislators should reflect on what we have learned over the past year and take steps to introduce law into the 21st century.