By The Associated Press
JACKSON — A bill that would remove the blood test requirement and three-day wait period for marriage licenses has passed the Mississippi Senate.
Senate Bill 2851 was introduced by Sen. Melanie Sojourner, a Republican from Natchez, who says she wrote the bill in response to a request from the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau. The bureau says that the wait period and blood test make it difficult for couples from out of the area to plan destination weddings at the city’s antebellum mansions.
Sojourner says this was not an issue she had planned to champion but once she learned more about the current law she felt it was doing more harm than good. The blood test checks only for syphilis and catches but a handful of cases each year.