Miss. removing 3-day wait for marriage licenses

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Starting this summer, a couple can say “I do” the same day they apply for a Mississippi marriage license.

Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday 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.