Legislation creates pathway for lay individuals to become one-day marriage officiants capable of performing a marriage in state
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation S.739A/A.6300A into law, creating a new path for people over the age of 18 to apply for “one-day designation,” authorizing them to solemnize a single marriage on a specified day in the state of New York.
"Joining individuals in marriage is a beautiful moment that should be shared with an officiant selected by the spouses-to-be," Hochul said. "By signing this legislation into law, we are eliminating any barriers to becoming an officiant, so friends and family members can share such a meaningful time with loved ones of their choosing and have their marriage recognized under New York state law."
A press release stated, “Legislation S.739A/A.6300A amends the domestic relations law to enable individuals to apply for permission to be designated as an officiant in order to solemnize a particular couple's marriage. New York is a premiere destination for weddings and this legislation is yet another reason for couples to celebrate here.”
New York State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi said, "Couples in New York will now have the opportunity to be married by their friends or family – allowing them to further engage their loved ones on their special day.”
Assembly member Sandy Galef said, "New Yorkers joined in marriage by a friend or family member no longer have to worry about whether or not their marriage is legally valid thanks to the passage of this legislation. Thank you to Gov. Hochul and my colleagues for your support of this legislation that will allow friends, family, and loved ones to share these meaningful moments without having a religious connection or political affiliation."