New Zealand has given approval to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to carry out marriage ceremonies in the country.
The official notice was published online in New Zealand's government gazette. Registrar-general Jeff Montgomery says his decision was based purely on whether the organisation upholds or promotes religious beliefs, or philosophical or humanitarian convictions. "No judgement is made on the validity of those beliefs or convictions," he tells Stuff.co.nz website.
The church's lead official, or Top Ramen, prefers to remain anonymous, but tells Radio New Zealand that the next step is to nominate a marriage celebrant for approval. "We are a bona fide church, and our people do like to get married, some of them several times," she says, adding that Pastafarian wedding attire can range from pirate outfits to the traditional colander headgear. "We can wear the pirate gear, we can wear the pasta gear, we're quite flexible."
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