State Waives Military Marriage License Fees

A recently-signed bill will make it a little bit easier for active-duty members of the United States Armed Forces to get married.

On August 20, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.3756-Mayer/A.55-Buchwald into law as Chapter 177 of the Laws of 2019. The new law waives the state’s portion of the marriage license fee for members of the U.S. Armed Forces that are on active duty. Also, the law permits municipalities to waive their marriage license fees for active-duty servicemembers. The Governor commented, “‘These brave men and women leave their loved ones behind and risk their lives to protect the freedoms and values that this nation and this state were founded upon. Waiving this fee is one small way to thank these valiant New Yorkers for their service.’”

It is very rare for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms to agree with anything Gov. Cuomo does, but we are pleased that he signed this pro-marriage, pro-family legislation. As Assembly sponsor David Buchwald (D-Westchester) said, “‘On the happy occasions when a member of our armed forces gets married in New York, we as a society should be doing everything we can to say thank you and congratulations. This is but a small gesture to show our gratitude to the men and women who protect our freedoms every day.’”