Lawmakers want to end 3-day wait for wedding

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — It could soon be possible to get married quickly in Mississippi.

The House gave final passage Wednesday to Senate Bill 2851, which would abolish the state’s three-day waiting period and blood test before issuing a marriage license.

Though some House members questioned letting people get married without waiting, the chamber ultimately voted 84-37 for the measure.

The bill goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature.

Circuit clerks, who issue marriage licenses, had pushed the measure, as had tourism promoters, who said the waiting period was a hindrance to weddings involving brides and grooms from out of town. The state Health Department says the blood test, which only checks for syphilis, only found about two dozen positive cases last year out of more than 20,000 people.

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