Anna and Casey Pickett fell in love during a college class on Transcendental literature, reveling in the nature-loving rhapsodies of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
It was only natural, then, that when the couple married last July, they would stand beside a rustic lake in Pennsylvania, with the professor whose class brought them together officiating at the ceremony.
Two months later, however, the couple got a call from a county clerk in Pennsylvania, who told them their marriage might not be valid. And years from now, the clerk said, when they bought a house, applied for government benefits or had children, they might have a problem....
This issue is actually nothing new for non-conformists and for Protestants. It's happened many times in history. (It even happened to a Roman Catholic queen once under Henry VIII and his band of merry men.)
Rome is very good at annulments to this day even after 30, 40 years of marriage or more.