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Gov. Ricketts Takes Action to Harmonize State Marriage Documents

For Immediate Release:

6:55PM CT on May 30, 2019


Media Contacts:  

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Takes Action to Harmonize State Marriage Documents


Read the veto message here.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement after vetoing LB 533, a bill that proposes to change state marriage documents.  Currently, the state marriage license applications refer to Groom/Party A and Bride/Party B.  LB 533 proposed to reference all couples on the marriage license application, the marriage license, and the certificate of marriage as Applicant 1 and Applicant 2.


“The term selected in the bill is workable for the marriage license application at which time the couple are applying for a license; however, both the marriage license and the formal certificate of marriage are issued after the parties are married,” said Governor Ricketts.  “They are no longer ‘applicants.’   The mandated use of this term would be factually inaccurate on both the marriage license and the marriage certificate.”


Governor Ricketts also indicated in his letter to the Legislature that he had directed the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure all documents are harmonized using Groom/Party A and Bride/Party B.


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