Arlington Agrees that Brick-and-Mortar Church Not Necessary for License to Perform Marriages - Arlington, VA

A Wiccan High Priestess applied for a license to perform marriages in Virginia, but the license was denied because the Priestess did not serve a congregation with its own fixed-address building. AU wrote to the Court Clerk and explained that such a requirement unconstitutionally discriminated against Wiccans and other religious traditions that do not utilize traditional fixed-address congregations. We further pointed out that the requirement was inconsistent with Virginia law. The Priestess reapplied, and the Court Clerk then granted her application.