As the economy picks up and the number of people seeking marriage increases, some states are pushing back against the idea that the time has come to change the way they regulate marriage.
But some states have begun to feel the heat from the Trump administration.
In Missouri, which passed a bill that requires a court order for any marriage ceremony that does not involve a physician or other licensed medical professional, Gov.
Eric Greitens (D) has said the legislature is ready to revisit the issue.
“This is a state that was built on religious freedom and freedom of religion,” Greiten told reporters Tuesday.
“We have been a part of the fabric of Missouri for many, many years.”
“We have the right to be the conscience of Missouri.
I think the law has been good and it should remain so,” he added.
Lawmakers in North Carolina, which already has a law requiring a doctor or other medical professional to officiate at a marriage, have introduced a bill to repeal it and allow doctors and other professionals to perform the ceremony.
In the process, lawmakers have passed a measure that will allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In Nevada, Gov, Brian Sandoval (D), signed a bill Tuesday that requires that every marriage ceremony be performed by a physician.
The measure, which has the support of some religious leaders, would allow Nevadans to wed without a doctor’s signature, but requires them to get a license from a county or city clerk.
“We are not looking to change anything that has been established over the years,” Sandoval told reporters in Las Vegas.
“What we are saying is, ‘Let’s go to the local level and have a discussion about what’s best for our people.'”
He added, “This bill will not change the definition of marriage.
We have no plans to do that.”