SUAB HMONG NEWS — August 8, 2015, Menasha, Wisconsin, Hmong 18 Council of Wisconsin held a public forum to discuss the purpose of the MejKoob project and to call for support from the Hmong community to legalize the MejKoob in the state of Wisconsin.
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The Hmong 18 Council of Wisconsin Mej Koob project is to try to legalize Mej Koob in the State of Wisconsin so Mej Koob could legally sign Marriage License.
Jonathan Brostoff, State of Wisconsin Representative Assembly District 19, believed the bill will pass in the State of Wisconsin. “I think it will pass with the support of the Hmong community from across of the state” said Jonathan Brostoff.
Below is the Drafted Bill:
1. AN ACT to amend 765.16 (2m); and to create 765.16 (1m) of the statutes;
2. relating to: persons authorized to officiate at a marriage.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a marriage is validly solemnized and contracted in this state after a marriage license has been issued and the two parties mutually declare, before an authorized officiating person and two witnesses, that they take each other as each other’s spouse. The following persons are authorized officiating persons: 1) an ordained member of the clergy; 2) a licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of bishop serving as the regular member of the clergy of any church of the denomination to which the member of the clergy belongs; 3) the two marrying parties themselves, by mutual declaration that they take each other as each other’s spouse; 4) a judge, reserved judge, or municipal judge; and 5) a circuit court commissioner. This bill adds a mej koob, in accordance with traditional Hmong wedding ceremony customs, to the list of who may officiate at a marriage. A mej koob is an individual in Hmong culture who negotiates a marriage between the families of the future bride and groom. A mej koob also conducts the wedding celebration and ensures that the traditional Hmong cultural customs and rituals are followed during the celebration.
1. Section 1. 765.16 (1m)(g) of the statutes is created to read:
2. 765.16(1m) (g) A mej koob, in accordance with traditional wedding ceremony
3. Customs of the Hmong people.
4. Section 2. 765.16 (2m) of the statutes is amended to read:
5. 765.16 (2m) An officiating person under sub (1m) (a),(b),(d),(e),or (g)
6. Must be at least of 18 years old.
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