Marrying minister calling it quits

February 2, 2009 5:58:59 AM PST
After about 85,000 marriages, Rev. Ed Taylor is calling it a career.

He's retiring after being the Smokey Mountains "marrying minister" for more than three decades.

Tennessee doesn't have a required waiting period or blood tests for marriage.

So, couples have flocked to East Tennessee to get hitched.

Taylor was the first to open a wedding chapel in the Gatlinburg area.

In the years since, dozens have followed.

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