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05/23/2007 04:02 PM ID: 62625 Permalink   

Couple Plan Wedding in Space


Cindy Cashman and Mitch Walling are planning to get married at an altitude of approximately 300,000 feet in 2009. Rocketplane, the space tourism operator that will take them there won't begin test flights until at least 2008.

Other issues potentially threaten their big day. Austin lawyer Mike Slack suggested that getting married on the trip would not create a legal marriage because nobody has jurisdiction to confer recognition.

"It's a big deal to us that it's legal. I went through a lot, my attorney went through a lot, and in my opinion, it'll be legal. This is history. This is the ultimate adventure... Is this the American dream or what?" said Cashman.

    WebReporter: ixuzus Show Calling Card      
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  Not true how that statement about legality is...  
I mean a ship's captain can marry people and it is legal as long as it is in international waters. Space is suppose to be international. So why can't the captain of their flight perform the wedding?
  by: zephan     05/23/2007 04:17 PM     
  one word  
  by: leparsdon     05/23/2007 04:33 PM     
  two words  

Oh wait, yeah just one.
  by: NicPre     05/23/2007 04:58 PM     
  @ lepardson  
morons? why?
sounds like a fantastic wedding

  by: calculon   05/23/2007 07:09 PM     
so where does international space fall at?
  by: groomsy     05/23/2007 08:46 PM     
it just seems like such a silly idea especially if they
don't even know if they're going to be legally married
when they come back down
  by: leparsdon     05/23/2007 09:47 PM     
I'm pretty sure the international treaties covering the sea differ from those covering space. I think ships on the sea are under at least the partial jurisdiction of the country they're registered in.
  by: ixuzus     05/24/2007 01:32 AM     
cannot they register the marriage in the country they are in and then have the ceremony in space. That would certainly make it legal. End of story.
  by: sleeky     05/24/2007 04:26 AM     
  Sleeky Wins  
  by: ThrashMuse   05/24/2007 10:36 AM     
"Whatever happens on this space trip is not going to have a legal effect on marital status. They are not getting married in space. There is no body of law or jurisdiction that exists in space to confer recognition on a marriage ceremony."

- Austin aviation lawyer Mike Slack after consultation with family lawyer Martin Boozer.

But hey, what would they know? Legal opinion at this time clearly says no. There has been one previous space marriage that I can find and it was legal because only one of them was in space. Texas allows one party to be absent providing an explanatory affidavit is filed.
  by: ixuzus     05/24/2007 12:21 PM     
I wonder if they'll get a divorce in space. Cuz we all know that crackpot weddings never last.
  by: Zmethod     05/25/2007 09:51 AM     
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