November 03, 2004

Belated/ Premature Congratulations

by PG

Sasha Volokh (currently on leave from the Conspiracy while clerking for Ninth Circuit judge Alex Kozinski) married libertarian blogger Hanah Metchis on Friday. Mrs. Volokh now is slogging through the legal process of changing her name. Particular congratulations to the couple for having gotten a wedding knocked out in less than six months.

UPDATE: The terrific speed with which this was pulled off is explained here. The Volokh-Metchis wedding of full pomp, ceremony and currently-on-order dress will happen next June. Friday was the "legal aspect of the marriage, done ahead of time because it will save us significant amounts of money on both taxes and health care coverage."

Is this becoming a trend? A friend who's at UT Law did the same -- had a quickie marriage (in Vegas) before the full-out ceremony -- so his wife could get in-state status as quickly as possible. Perhaps the frequent recitation of the benefits of marriage that are being denied to same sex couples has convinced opposite-sex couples that they had better start enjoying them more promptly.

November 3, 2004 02:35 PM | TrackBack

Congratulations to the newly married couple, which includes the brother of one of my favorite professors from UCLA Law.

Interestingly, the marry-now-and-do-the-ceremony-later phenomenon is quite common in the military, where significant benefits (i.e. increased housing pay, family separation pay, full medical coverage for dependents, etc.) starts the day you're married. Indeed, I knew of one couple that married a year before their marriage, and then used the difference in income to pay for most of the wedding.

Posted by: Phillip Carter at November 3, 2004 08:11 PM

As I read this post and a comment, I hear Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong singing that standard from the 1920s "Love, o' Love, o' Loveless Love ...." (By the way, the lyrics include a line about "pure food laws".) Aren't loopholes great?

Posted by: Shag from Brookline at November 4, 2004 07:03 AM
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