Want to officiate a wedding? Better be over 18

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MADISON (AP) – Want to officiate a wedding in Wisconsin?

Under a bill the state Assembly just passed, you’d have to be at least 18 to do it.

The bipartisan bill sets the age requirement while also making it easier for people from out of state to officiate, removing a requirement that out-of-state officials must obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

Republican Rep. Dan Knodl was the only legislator to vote against the bill in committee. He took issue with the age requirement, saying that could prevent young family members from officiating weddings in some cases.

Regardless, the Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday. The proposal now goes to the state Senate.

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