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    The First Wedding Took Place In Metaverse

    Wedding in the Metaverse

    This past weekend, a couple from Phoenix, USA, tied the knot. This seemingly ordinary event became a sensation, because, according to the organizers of the event, it was the first time, a marriage was concluded in the metaverse.

    The wedding ceremony took place on February 5 on the Decentraland platform in the virtual estate of the Rose Law Group. 

    It's funny that not all of the two thousand guests invited to this celebration weren't able to see the bride in a traditional white wedding dress: depending on which of the several servers used in the process, guests either did not see the bride at all, or she appeared to their eyes dressed in a jacket with a hood, or she was wearing a traditional outfit. The reason for these differences was the technical imperfection of the Decentraland platform.

    Still, all legal formalities were observed: witnesses, a judge of the Supreme Court were present, and representatives of the Rose Law Group law firm formalized the marriage. A company executive said that on the occasion of the virtual wedding, "a new legal paradigm has been developed, and it has made this marriage valid." At the same time, Rose noted that at this point in the metaverse there is no legal basis for marriage, so whether it will be legally enforceable is more dependent on the contract.

    Despite these assurances, there are doubts among the public and family law professionals: in the US, marriages made in the metaverse or through a video game are not yet recognized as valid. The fact is that US law requires participants in a virtual marriage ceremony to maintain video communication in conference mode. There is no mention in the law of whether avatars of the metaverse can be used instead.

    If the wedding is still recognized as fully legal, and the necessary amendments appear in the relevant regulation, this will be the first blockchain-based marriage in US history.

    However, in the real world, the “bride and groom”, Ryan and Candice Hurley, got married 14 years ago, so they are unlikely to face legal difficulties. Be that as it may, they entered into a "Virtual Premarital Agreement" in which the couple's virtual identities were determined. At the end of the ceremony, they were given a marriage certificate in the form of an NFT.

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