ORLANDO, Florida. – It’s no surprise that News 6 presenter Julie Broughton wears many hats: presenter, meteorologist, educational journalist.
Did you know that she is also an ordained minister?
“I always get nervous before a wedding and people find it hard to believe because I’m on TV every day,” Julie said. “It’s their hopefully a chance they get married and you want to make it memorable and special and you just don’t want to ruin it.”
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Julie said being an officiant was not a side gig in itself, but a service she wanted to provide to show her support for loved ones.
“It was 2014 or 2015 when same-sex marriage became legal in every state. I was like, ‘OK, I’m an ally so how can I support all of this and all of my friends who are getting married.’ I decided to go online and get ordained with the intention of only doing same-sex marriages and it blossomed,” Julie said.
So how do we become ordained?
“You can be ordained in the next 5 minutes. You literally go online to a ministry. Fill out a form. Then they send you a card saying you’re a minister. You even get a minister’s parking pass,” Julie said.
Most websites offer free and fast ordination. Under Florida state law, those permitted to solemnize marriage in Florida include:
“All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with a church or other ordained clergy, and all officers of the court, including retired court officers, circuit court clerks and notaries public of this State can celebrate the rights of the matrimonial contract…”
Once ordained, you are not required to file as a minister with the clerk of the courts. The ordinations of some ministries do not expire. With a marriage license and paperwork completed after marriage, there is only one thing that really needs to be included in the wedding ceremony to make the marriage legal.
“It’s the statement of intent and it just means that everyone is there because they want to be. May they not be forced to marry against their will,” Julie said.
Julie married several friends, including colleagues, using her journalism skills.
“It’s like being a journalist. You create a story and you have a script and you want to make it personal for them,” Julie said. “It really surprised me how much I love him and how emotional I find him because – it’s no secret, I have no desire to remarry.”
Julie said every marriage is unique and comes with its own set of challenges.
“I married my friend Ebony and her husband, and she chose to get married in February on Sanibel beach. Normally that would be the perfect time to get married outside, but it was the most disgusting day I’ve ever seen in Florida It was so windy and wet I’m wearing a coat and Ebony is wearing this beautiful dress It was so windy my eyelashes flew off and the groom had to put it in his pocket Luckily it happened before the ceremony started because I didn’t want it to be a distraction,” Julie said.
Every memorable wedding.
“My favorite moment is always watching the groom or partner standing there as the other partner walks down the aisle. It’s just something to see the genuine reaction that makes everyone so emotional. Sometimes I get to cry and I’m like, ‘pull yourself together,'” Julie said.
Julie isn’t the only News 6 talent to be ordained. Private Steve is also an ordained minister and rumor has it in the newsroom that Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells plans to become ordained in the future.
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