A Minnesota group of Quakers, or as they call themselves, the Society of Friends, has joined a handful of other groups nationwide in refusing to sign marriage certificates for opposite sex couples.
“We’re simply trying to be consistent with the will of God as we perceive it,” said Paul Landskroener, clerk of the Twin Cities Friends Meeting, in an interview with MPR’s All Things Considered on Monday.
The congregation will continue to hold both opposite-sex and same-sex weddings at its meeting house, but will no longer sign the legal marriage certificate for opposite-sex couples. Instead, couples will need to have the certificate signed by a justice of the peace.
“Everything else proceeds as it normally has, except that we will not sign the marriage certificate,” Landskroener said.
Unlike many churches, Quakers do not have ordained ministers. Couples are married by appearing before the congregation and speaking their vows to each other. Several witnesses then sign the marriage certificate to pronounce the couple legally married. [source]
The god of their understanding sounds like a lovely fellow, I wish more gods would adopt that sort of fair and loving view of things.