When JPus learned about New Hampshire’s pending legislation (House Bill 378) which would end child marriage in the state, we got involved. Our membership made it clear that they do not want to officiate a marriage involving a minor child – so it is important that the legislature hears from us. On January 17, 2019 we submitted written testimony to the House’s Child and Family Law Committee.
Month: January 2019
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Testimony opposing NH temporary officiants
JPus’ Loretta Jay testified before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Judiciary Committee today, opposing proposed legislation that would authorize temporary marriage officiants. Read the written testimony here.
NH Special Marriage Officiant
The NH House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 about pending legislation to temporarily authorize individuals to solemnize a marriage in the state. Massachusetts has had problematic results with their One-Day rule. JPus is mobilizing stakeholders to submit testimony. Read more.
Win-Win Solutions on 1-Day Rule
Today the Justice of the Peace Association presented to Governor Charlie Baker’s office a white paper outlining win-win solutions to the problems associated with Massachusetts’ One-Day Solemnizer rule. Read the white paper here.
Coalition Launches New Website
The Coalition to End Child Marriage launched a new website last month to formalize its collaborative activities. JPus is a founding member of the coalition. Its JPs and notary members are strongly opposed to officiating a marriage involving minor children. More information about JPus’ advocacy in this area is available here.