LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a statement on May 30 after vetoing LB 533, a bill that proposes to change state marriage documents. 

Currently the state marriage license applications refer to Groom/Party A and Bride/Party B. 

LB 533 proposed to reference all couples on the marriage license application, the marriage license and the certificate of marriage as Applicant 1 and Applicant 2.

“The term selected in the bill is workable for the marriage license application at which time the couple are applying for a license; however, both the marriage license and the formal certificate of marriage are issued after the parties are married,” said Governor Ricketts. “They are no longer ‘applicants.’ The mandated use of this term would be factually inaccurate on both the marriage license and the marriage certificate.”

Governor Ricketts also indicated in his letter to the Legislature that he had directed the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure all documents are harmonized using Groom/Party A and Bride/Party B.


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