The ins and outs of marrying yourself

sologamy 2NewsHub 6 October 2017
Family First Comment: It’s incredible that we’re even having this discussion!!!
Apparently the ‘kicker’ is that you can’t marry a ‘relative’. Say what??
But apparently marrying yourself is not technically covered in the Marriage Act.
Sigh!
“So could we see a sologamist marriage in New Zealand? Well, kind of – although such an arrangement wouldn’t be legally binding. Sologamy is not recognised in law anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, so none of those who go through with it here would be recognised as being married under current legislation. There are still a few question marks over whether that would change, even if it rose to popularity, due to stringent laws that stop you from marrying relatives. It’s not clear whether sologamy would be considered incest, however, considering it hasn’t been included on the list of relatives you’re not allowed to wed in the Marriage Act 1955.”

Sologamy, the act of marrying yourself, is on the rise across the globe.

Last week, Italian woman Laura Mesi made worldwide headlines when she celebrated a wedding complete with bridesmaids, dozens of guests, a three-layer cake, but without a groom.

The 40-year-old claimed the first ever self-wedding in Italy, splashing out more than $16,000 for her big day.

On Valentine’s Day this year, Christchurch-born Emma Jane Love married herself on the Gold Coast.

So could we see a sologamist marriage in New Zealand?

Well, kind of – although such an arrangement wouldn’t be legally binding. Sologamy is not recognised in law anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, so none of those who go through with it here would be recognised as being married under current legislation.

There are still a few question marks over whether that would change, even if it rose to popularity, due to stringent laws that stop you from marrying relatives.
READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/the-ins-and-outs-of-marrying-yourself.html
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