By Judy Kurtz - 07/11/11 11:25 PM EDT
The congressman’s first attempt at overseeing the vows of a betrothed couple went off without a hitch on Saturday. A longtime Connolly staffer, Matthew Graham, married nursing student Lindsey Mehan in Leesburg, Va.
But his path to presiding over the nuptials might have been tougher than the campaign trail. The commonwealth doesn’t automatically give its congressmen the right to marry people.
First, Connolly had to petition the county court to grant him the right to conduct a marriage ceremony. The judge granted his petition, but as Virginia law dictates, it was a one-time-only deal — Connolly could only officiate the Graham-Mehan nuptials, and only for the specific date of their wedding.
The law even required the Virginia Democrat to post a $500 bond.
As his spokesman jokes, “I guess they wanted to make sure he doesn’t skip town with the wedding ring.”