Mississippi Removes 3-Day Wait for Marriage Licenses

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Starting this summer, a couple may say "I do" the same day they apply for a Mississippi marriage license.

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed Senate Bill 2851, which
becomes law July 1.

It removes the three-day waiting period for a marriage license and erases the requirement that the bride and groom each undergo a blood test for syphilis before getting married.

Legislators argued about the proposed changes for several years before approving them this session.

Opponents fretted that Mississippi could become home of quickie Vegas-style weddings. Tourism officials sought the change, saying same-day licenses could make Natchez, the Gulf Coast and other scenic spots more attractive for out-of-state couples who want elaborate destination weddings.

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