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First Pastafarian Marriage Celebrant Gets Approved in New Zealand

There's even a "Ministeroni"

A member of New Zealand’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been approved as a marriage celebrant by the country’s Department of Internal Affairs. This is the first Pastafarian to be legally authorized to perform the ceremony since officials granted the group the right to officiate weddings in December. The Church recently announced the news in a Facebook post. “Births, Deaths and Marriages team at DIA has been FANTASTIC at processing and communicating with our Top Ramen during a busy time,” they wrote.

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However, the new “Ministeroni” has yet to be able to act in her new capacity — the first couple who she was set to wed ended up getting cold feet. “Our happy couple made the Wise Decision (after traveling together for several weeks) to NOT tie the noodley knot,” the group wrote. “‘Tis always better to be alone, wishing you were knotted, than to be knotted and wishing you weren’t.’ R’Amen!”

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