A marriage certificate that was originally designed to be a record of a couple’s lovemaking in their first few months of marriage has become a contraceptive for all but the dead.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh issued a legal opinion Monday that allows the birth control to be used by anyone who has died since April 18, 2018.
The new Maryland law applies only to the spouses of people who have died and do not apply to people who die of natural causes.
In a statement, Frosh said the new law is “not intended to prevent anyone from getting married.
We are just clarifying the state’s laws on marriage.”
Frosh added that his office was “confident that it is clear that Maryland’s marriage certificates, if issued by a person who is deceased, are valid.”
However, his office has not yet finalized its decision on whether to appeal the decision.
In addition to the birth-control requirement, Frost issued a preliminary ruling in April that allowed for the use of medical certificates, but not marriage certificates.
That ruling came after the state Office of Vital Records (OVR) issued a ruling in September that found no evidence that a person’s death changed their marriage license status.
In October, Frosts office received another request from a couple whose marriage certificate had expired.
The couple was unable to obtain a marriage certificate to replace it and, therefore, could not get a new marriage license.
The Office of the State Medical Examiner (OSM) in January ruled that the couple’s marriage license had been revoked because it was not a valid birth certificate.
In the ruling, the OSM ruled that “a person’s marriage certificate is not a public record.”
A spokesman for Frosh, however, said the office is still evaluating whether the birth certificate issue is valid and whether it should be revoked.
“We have no comment at this time,” the spokesman said.
The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.