Pet Kitty Momo Becomes the 'Pawwfect' Official Witness for Couple Getting Married in Colorado
Pet parents always want to include their pets in everything they do and enjoy. The wedding day is special so, having your pet become the official witness on your biggest day seems like a great thing, right? (Only if you are a cat person!) What if you can legally name your pet as an official witness on your marriage license? It might sound like a joke at first but in Colorado, it happens for real.
One couple is going viral on TikTok for officially making their pet kitty sign their marriage certificate as a witness. Manda Moeck Terry (@mandamoeckterry) shared a TikTok video on June 8, 2023, where she appeared in her wedding attire along with her groom while they held up a cat. The caption on the video read: "Did you know in Colorado your cat can be the witness for your marriage license?" The video then shows the couple helping the cat to dip her paw on an ink pad before holding it against a piece of paper on the table "She was the pawwfect witness," a further on-screen caption read.
The viral footage cut to give the audience a closer look at the marriage license where the paw print signature was visible at the bottom. Terry further explained in a caption that her mom had actually lost their original wedding certificate paperwork so they ended up wrapping the marriage ceremony in Colorado. "Momo was the best witness we could have asked for," she said about the cat, per Insider and used an apt hashtag #weddingpawty alongside the video.
The viral video gained over 4 million views and thousands of comments where people cheered the sweet couple on the unique concept of their marriage registration ceremony. Some netizens joked in the comment section that “they are getting a divorce just so they can get re-married in Colorado with their pet as a witness.” Out of all the laws and regulations that are required to officiate a marriage, Colorado has an interesting set of rules.
The Marriage and Civil Unions section for the City and County of Denver, Colorado states that couples can conduct a "Self-Solemnization" ceremony, in which instance "neither witnesses nor officiant is required." Denver County clerk’s official, Alton Dillard told the local news outlet of Axios Denver that “it is legal to have a pet sign the certificate with their paw print as an official witness.” Well, Colorado isn't the only state in the U.S.A. where quirky marriage laws exist. According to CLGTX, one must sober up before getting married in Tennessee or Mississippi and in Kentucky, it is illegal for a woman to marry the same man four times.