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12.6.20
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New York State Is Letting You Get Married on Video Chat

__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Future Society
Victor Tangermann

Still Counts

For any lovebirds who had to put their romantic plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a solution: get married on video chat instead of waiting.

As with other celebrations or holidays, using Zoom or Google Hangouts has become an increasingly common way to hold a wedding among those who didn’t want to delay their nuptials, The Verge reports. Cuomo’s executive order merely makes it easier, getting rid of even more barriers and potential hazards that might keep people from getting married under lockdown.

Separate Rooms

Specifically, Cuomo made it so that clerks can now perform a ceremony remotely. On top of that, engaged couples can get their marriage licenses online instead of waiting for government offices to re-open, whenever that may be.

“There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage,” Cuomo said at a press briefing, according to The Verge. “You can do it by Zoom. Yes or no.”

Waiting Game

As it stands right now, New York’s stay-at-home order has been extended to May 15, though there’s not yet any indication that it will actually be lifted at that point. So engaged couples who choose to wait until they can have an in-person ceremony may be in limbo for a while.

In the meantime, at least they’ll be able to mute any guests who have a few too many before they try to make a speech.

READ MORE: Cuomo issues order allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses over Zoom [The Verge]

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