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“Dear PoPville,

I know this is a strange question, but my fiance and I are in a predicament, and we were hoping you could help. We are planning on getting married October 15th and a friend of ours is hoping to officiate. He is registered with the Universal Life Church (the internet church) and performed a friend’s marriage in Rhode Island. We checked with the DC Marriage Bureau and he needs to register in DC in order for it to be legit. Unfortunately, the registration process is quite in depth and he would have to provide documentation on his church, his congregation, how he is paid to be a minister…etc.

Since he only became “ordained” in order to perform the marriage, he obviously doesn’t have this sort of back up documentation. The only other option we have is we get a minister who is registered in DC to endorse him (by signing off on his application form). Is anyone a Universal Life Church minister registered in DC that would be willing to endorse our friend (and kinda fast too). Can anyone help?”

If anyone can help please with an endorsement please email me and I’ll put you in touch with the reader.

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