An American couple has just been united by the marriage ties… In the Metaverse. The ceremony took place on Decentraland, a virtual reality platform made up of more than 90,000 virtual plots. The newlyweds appealed to law firm Rose Law Group to ensure the legality of their marriage.
Ryan and Candice Hurley said yes for life on Saturday, February 5, 2022. However, the Phoenix, Arizona-based couple decided to celebrate this marriage differently. Indeed, their union was not sealed in a town hall or a church, but in the Metavers! More specifically, thes lovers have sworn allegiance on Decentralanda virtual reality platform consisting of more than 90,000 lots and based on the Ethereum blockchain.
The ceremony brought more than 2000 virtual guests, in the presence of Clint Bolick, the Arizona Supreme Court judge. To ensure the legality and legality of their marriage, the couple turned to law firm Rose Law Group. The group’s founder and president, Jordan Rose, says it’s all about first marriage hosted on a blockchain-based metaverse.
The first marriage celebrated on the American metaverse
“Since the Metaverse is still in its infancy, we have developed the legal paradigm for legally recognized marriage.” she told our colleagues from the CoinTelegraph site. Incidentally, the law firm also hosted the wedding on their own lot located on Decentraland. For the occasion, the company has a “meta-marriage framework” immediately “virtual prenuptial agreement” what allows confirm the couple’s virtual identities and digital assets on the blockchain.
In addition, a “meta-marriage license” was signed to identify, record and symbolize the couple’s virtual identity and place of union on the blockchain in the form of an NFT. “There is currently no legal framework for marriage in the Metaverse, so whether it is legally binding is more a matter of contract.” explains Jordan Rose.
She continues: “Unlike the real world, the Metaverse is not limited by physical limitations that limit your vision of the perfect marriage. Only in the Metaverse can your wildest, most imaginative dream wedding ever happen reality”, specify the Decentraland teams in the event description.
A union parasitized by tech bugs
Note, however, that the couple’s marriage was a bit marred by many technical issues. In reality, Decentraland’s servers were affected by the large number of guests (more than 2000). In addition, the couple planned to offer gifts in the form of NFTs to the guests, but there weren’t enough for everyone.
Then other bugs ruined this digital wedding. Thus, the groom’s avatar remained frozen in the aisle leading to the altar, while Candice’s simply did not appear in the eyes of some guests. Indeed, according to the servers the guests were distributed to, the bride was either wearing a dress, a hoodie, or just wasn’t there!
Note that if Jordan Rose seems convinced of the legality of this union, this does not apply to all lawyers. As our colleagues at the CoinTelegraph site remind us, the American Marriage Ministries determines that a wedding ceremony is considered legal if the two people are physically present at the place of engagement. However, remember that the couple had been married in “real” life for 14 years.
The Metaverse, what exactly is it?
For those who have been wondering what the Metaverse is since the beginning of this article, let’s just say it is of a series of interconnected virtual spaces where users can experience and share various immersive 3D experiences. We find this idea of a permanent and massive multiplayer virtual world popularized in particular by the “game” Second Life released in 2003.
The term Metaverse has come to the fore again since Facebook’s name change to Meta and the group’s desire to invest heavily in the development of a new Metaverse. Since then, many companies have tried to develop in this virtual universe, such as Carrefour, which bought a plot of land in the Metaverse, or the company Tokens.com, which acquired 116 virtual plots of land on Decentraland for the historical sum of $2.43 million.