Bill to lift wait for marriage license goes to governor

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has removed the final hold on a bill that would eliminate the three-day waiting period and the requirement for blood test before a marriage license can be issued.

Senate Bill 2851 passed the House last Wednesday, but it was held for the possibility of more debate.

The House removed that procedural block on Monday without having a second discussion.

The bill now moves to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has not taken a stance for or against it.

Tourism officials say the change would help encourage out-of-state residents to have destination weddings in Natchez and other scenic places. Opponents questioned whether it’s a good idea to let people get married on a whim.