eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

State Lawmaker Wants to Eliminate 3-Day Marriage License Wait in New Jersey

(NBA player Kris Humphries and reality TV star Kim Kardashian were married in California, where there is no waiting period.  Their marriage lasted 72 days.  Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images)

(NBA player Kris Humphries and reality TV star Kim Kardashian were married in California, where there is no waiting period. Their marriage lasted 72 days. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images)

David Madden David Madden
David Madden is a Philadelphia native with virtually a lifetime of...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By David Madden

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – There’s a bid to eliminate New Jersey’s 72-hour waiting period for people wishing to get married in the state.

It’s a plan driven more by economics than emotions.

Cherry Hill assemblyman Lou Greenwald believes the change would help boost tourism, already a $40-billion industry in New Jersey.

“There is an opportunity in today’s new and technological age to change some of our existing statutes that are antiquated and outdated, and do so in a business-friendly way,” Greenwald told KYW Newsradio this morning.

Doing away with the waiting period isn’t the only thing the bill would do. It would also allow a couple to apply for a license in the town where the ceremony will occur, rather than where one of them resides.

Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only other states in the northeast without a waiting period before a wedding or civil union.   Twenty-seven other states do not require a waiting period.

Pennsylvania’s wait is three days, Delaware’s is one.

Top Content On CBSPhilly

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,502 other followers