Republicans vowed to vote no on the nine-bill package, and without a Democratic vote to spare, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, diagnosed with pneumonia, left the hospital by ambulance to cast one vote, returned to the hospital later in the afternoon, and two days later was wheeled back in the Senate chamber to cast her yea vote on the remaining bills. Right now, only ordained or licensed ministers, religious societies, judges, mayors and - in what may be a first - the superintendent of the State School for the Deaf can perform civil marriage ceremonies.
People & Politics Anonymous State Legislatures; May 2009; 35, 5; Docstoc pg. 7 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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