Which cruise lines will offer gay weddings with DOMA being struck down?

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#1
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Has anyone heard if any of the cruise lines will be offering same-sex wedding ceremonies on-board now that DOMA has been struck down? Since the US Fed will now recognize marriages from states and countries where it's legal, would the same not apply when you are married on board a ship? Not a lawyer, just trying to get more info.
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Originally posted by bmc303
Has anyone heard if any of the cruise lines will be offering same-sex wedding ceremonies on-board now that DOMA has been struck down? Since the US Fed will now recognize marriages from states and countries where it's legal, would the same not apply when you are married on board a ship? Not a lawyer, just trying to get more info.
Probably not , it depends on the country of registry and not US law .
To this day the Bahamas & Bermuda don't allow same sex marriages to be preformed .
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I'm not sure why you are linking the DOMA ruling to whether cruise lines will perform same-sex weddings.... (many do already, in any event).

I think that a ship's captain, or anyone else officiating at a wedding on a ship, must have a license to do so in whatever jurisdiction it is. DOMA has nothing to do with this.

The federal part of DOMA being struck down means that for married same-sex couples living in equality states (that is, in states that recognize their marriage), the federal government will recognize their marriage. For couples living in states where their marriages are not recognized, the situation is murkier, and, in fact, will likely be a mess for some time to come.

Some federal laws look to state of residence for marriage recognition, some to the state where celebrated. Again, this is going to be a mess.
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Originally posted by bmc303
Has anyone heard if any of the cruise lines will be offering same-sex wedding ceremonies on-board now that DOMA has been struck down? Since the US Fed will now recognize marriages from states and countries where it's legal, would the same not apply when you are married on board a ship? Not a lawyer, just trying to get more info.
You can get married.... The port has to be in a state that allows same sex marriage.
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Calif will not recognize ship captain's marriages.

From the County Clerk's web site:

"Ships' captains do not have authority to solemnize California marriages unless they fall into one of the categories above."

The categories are the usual ministers, rabbis, judges, county officials, etc.

So be sure your state will recognize marriage.
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Originally posted by RetiredFL
Calif will not recognize ship captain's marriages.

From the County Clerk's web site:

"Ships' captains do not have authority to solemnize California marriages unless they fall into one of the categories above."

The categories are the usual ministers, rabbis, judges, county officials, etc.

So be sure your state will recognize marriage.
Thanks for the info. I think CA uses a local officiant for CA port weddings.
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We are gettinbg married onboard the Norwegian Breakaway out of New York in 2014. We have already been planning this since NY passed their marriage equality law. I am originally from NY so I am pleased to get married there since Idaho does not yet allow it. NCL has been great to work with during the whole process. Our ceremony will be on the ship in port before we sail. This is for both legal and logistic reasons. We will have a mix of sailing and non-sailing guests. The non-sailing guests will leave the ship after the reception. We are also having our ceremony performed by the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Boise and a ship representative.
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Hopefully you have cleared non-sailing guests with the cruise line.
Most cruise lines no longer let guests on board due to security reasons.
I am sure it is possible but it needs to be cleared beforehand.
Good Luck
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Originally posted by RetiredFL
Hopefully you have cleared non-sailing guests with the cruise line.
Most cruise lines no longer let guests on board due to security reasons.
I am sure it is possible but it needs to be cleared beforehand.
Good Luck
Of course! It is actually fairly simple to arrange. There are a whole set of guidelines around the number of non-sailing guests, documentation needed, and a significant amount of time to notify the cruise line of the non-sailing passenger details. We are doing a great deal of personal communication with guests so that they understand all of the rules and regulations:
  • proper identification
  • no gifts allowed on the ship
  • detailed instructions about time and place
  • maps of ship
NCL and their wedding planning partners have been very friendly and helpful. We have also been fortunate enough to have already met with the Director of Emerging Markets, Director of Fleet Operations, and The Group Services Coordinator on the ship.
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