New Bill Would Eliminate Wait Times for Marriage Licenses in New Jersey

The average 72-hour wait time for newly-married couples in New Jersey to receive their marriage license would be eliminated under a new bill introduced by state Senator Vin Gopal.

This bill requires a marriage or civil union license to be issued immediately upon application.

Under current law, after a couple applies for a marriage or civil union license there is a 72-hour waiting period before the license can be issued by the licensing officer.

The Superior Court may, by order, waive all or any part of the 72-hour period in cases of emergency, upon satisfactory proof being shown.

This bill would provide that a marriage or civil union license would be issued by the licensing officer immediately upon filing of the application.

Last year, a allowing couples in New Jersey to receive a marriage license virtually was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee, but eventually died in the Senate.

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  1. New Prayer Would Eliminate Wait Time For Moshiach’s Arrival
    The unbearably long wait time for Moshiach’s arrival would be eliminated via a brand new tefillah crafted by an extremely impatient supplicant who wishes to remain anonymous.
    The new tefillah requires that a heavenly decree for Moshiach’s immediate arrival be issued as soon as the aforementioned tefillah is recited.
    Under current guidelines, after a supplicant prays for the coming of Moshiach, there is no way of predicting or determining the precise time of Moshiach’s imminent arrival, although the heavenly court may, by order of the Lord Almighty, waive all or any part of the waiting period.
    The new prayer would create a brand new pathway for the heavenly court to issue an instant decree for Moshiach to arrive immediately, as soon as a supplicant finishes filing an official request via the aforementioned prayer.

  2. A little history. These waiting periods were put in place because states felt “Impulsive marriages” were getting out of control.
    New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Delaware instituted waiting periods. Seeing a lucrative business opportunity in Maryland which did not have a waiting period (until later) in a town in Northeast Maryland there were 15 “Las Vegas type” quickie wedding chapels. People in northern states that didn’t want to wait would go to this Maryland town which ended up performing thousands of weddings a year.

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