Pastafarians Rejoice: New Zealand Legally Recognizes Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Weddings

March 1, 2016


New Zealand Pastafarians rejoice, because the country (best known for Lord Of The Rings) now legally recognizes Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster weddings, and has approved the church's head as a marriage celebrant, capable of performing wedding ceremonies. No word if spaghetti and meatballs is served at the reception, or if that's sacrilegious.

The head of the church, Karen Martyn, has been dubbed a "Ministeroni", or marriage celebrant.

"We have swords, we have noodles and pasta involved in the ceremony. It's a bit of fun," Dr Martyn says.

New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs late last year approved The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's request to be able to solemnise weddings.

Now, the department has approved Dr Martyn as a marriage celebrant.

Although it may seem unorthodox for the New Zealand Government to sanction what many consider a spoof church, the law says any group that "upholds or promotes religious beliefs or philosophical or humanitarian convictions" can obtain the right to perform marriages.

Different strokes for different folks. Who am I to judge? I'm just a man who's been pushing for the local government to recognize my right to be married to a rum-based tiki drink. But noooooo, apparently you can't marry a drink you already drank, even if you paid extra to get to keep the ceramic tiki mug. This is bullshit.

Thanks to Dave, who has always dreamed of officiating a wedding. Me? I've always dreamed of officiating a wizard duel.

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