Thursday, June 24, 2004

New Orleans sees no boom in quickie marriages

The quickie wedding business has been slow so far in New Orleans. For a year now, the state has let out-of-state couples get married in New Orleans without the 72-hour wait required for locals.

In Las Vegas, people only have to sign a statement. In New Orleans, they have to prove it with divorce decrees or death certificates. In 2003, Las Vegas issued 119,124 marriage licenses, mostly to nonresidents. In the same year, New Orleans issued 5,227 licenses.

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