Sunday, January 15, 2006

Couple got legally married online

Couple got married online.
La Repubblica
Hindustantimes article
W*USA news

Fri Jan 13, 4:08 AM ET
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Rita Sri Mutiara Dewi's fiance could not get time off from his job in the United States. But that didn't stop the couple — who have never met in person — from tying the knot on Thursday.

And a Muslim cleric who witnessed the ceremony between the Indonesian lovers declared it legal, she said, even though they were on opposite ends of the earth.

"We are happy that we're married now, even though we had to do it via the Internet," said Dewi, 50, noting that the two used a video link so her relatives could see her 52-year-old groom.

Dewi met Wiriadi, a physiotherapist who works at a hospital in California, in an Internet chat room several months ago. They exchanged pictures and contacted each other almost every day, she said, speaking usually online but other times by phone.

In November Wiriadi proposed. Over the Internet, of course.

Dewi, who works as a teacher in Malaysia, returned to Indonesia for the virtual wedding. Wiriadi, who uses only one name, was in California. It was the second marriage for both.

Dewi said Friday she plans to travel to the United States next month to meet her new husband.

That would have a real nice business opportunity.

Is it possible anywhere else on Earth to actually get married online? And if so, how? It just sounds so much more appealing than having to get a few days off work to go to some other country and wait in some offices and registries. The technologies are out there (skype, any otehr voip, even plain video chat like aim or iChat and iSight).

I cannot find any websites where it would be possible to get married. Such a business opportunity. Who cares about buying your flights, books, or iPods online, if you can or could get married online?