US: No groom? No problem. But lawmakers seek proxy wedding limit

DENVER (AP) — In Colorado, couples can get married with only one of the parties present for the occasion, a holdover from the Vietnam War that allowed soldiers to marry their sweethearts while deployed.

Even though there’s no evidence the law has been misused, county clerks worry it could be a national security risk and are asking lawmakers to limit proxy weddings.

To have such a union, one person goes to a clerk’s office with identifying documents for both parties, passports and birth certificates will do, along with a two-page notarized affidavit declaring the bride or groom’s absence. The missing party designates a stand-in, and there can be a wedding.

California, Montana and Texas allow proxy marriages, but they’re limited to military couples. Colorado has no such restrictions, making it unique — and risky, clerks say.

They worry about human trafficking or immigration fraud, concerns that have prompted lawmakers to draft legislation restricting proxy weddings to military personnel and government contractors…