A ruling in New York has allowed residents to get married legally through a virtual ceremony. New Yorkers are following an example set by other countries such as Italy. As in-person group gatherings have become impossible, many weddings across the globe have been postponed or simply canceled. Even so, some couples wanted to stick to the original date of their weddings and decided to do it via a virtual ceremony with conference calls on platforms such as Zoom. While those ceremonies were mainly symbolic, New York has now allowed weddings to be officially carried out online.
Governor Cuomo Allowed Online Weddings With an Executive Order
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced this weekend that couples in the state could partake in a virtual wedding if they wish to do it this way. The legal capability to do so was given by the governor though an Executive Order that allows New Yorkers to obtain their marriage license remotely. It also specifies that clerks are allowed to perform such ceremonies via video conference.
While this has gotten some people wondering if this way of marriage will continue after the days of social distancing are over and large gatherings become an option once again, others have different concerns. Like, what is the best way to go about organizing such an event?
Some Couples Used the Zoom Platform to Stage Their Virtual Weddings
Lena Turkheimer, who is a bride that had to postpone her wedding party, chose to have the wedding on Zoom and on the original date. She and Mark Owen held a virtual ceremony in the backyard of a house in Charlottesville, Virginia. They were virtual hosts of 75 attendees who included select family members and their officiant. The party was held via Zoom, where the attendees witnessed the exchange of vows and a “reception” during which the family members gave toasts.
The couple said that they had to overcome audio problems in the beginning and replaced a microphone. Still, they also said that practice makes perfect, and a testing round can be very helpful. The newlyweds also made one of their tech-savvy friends a co-host, which allowed them to keep things running smoothly.
Like most mammal species, the mother providing the main parental care to the children is common with tiger families. The tigress usually cares for the cubs and the male counterpart does not have any part in its upbringing. But recently, a father tiger at the ‘Panna Tiger Reserve’ in India has toppled the tradition by exhibiting an unusual ‘maternal’ behavior. This is unheard of and something out of the ordinary. You do not ever witness something like on an everyday basis, that too within the animal kingdom. It seemed like the tiger took on the role of a single Dad. It almost makes you want to cheer in happiness.
The Natural Law
As per the natural law, after giving birth to the cubs, it is the mother tigers that stay by the side of her cubs. For two years, she monitors the cubs, teaching them hunting skills and other survival strategies, before let them heading off on their own in their mature age.
The Father Tiger
Researchers are surprised with the rare nurturing behavior of a tiger in the Panna Reserve, when he started caring for four cubs, after the sudden death of their mother this May, due to unknown causes. Beyond the natural protector role of a male tiger, the father tiger is seen hunting the Sambar deer for the young cubs. Besides sharing his meal, he is also been heard communicating to the cubs by calling them with roars.
Panna Tiger Reserve director Uttam Sharma has informed that the father tiger visits the cubs regularly. By playing and sharing hunts with the cubs regularly, the tiger is clearly giving the vibe that he should not be considered a danger to the little ones. The conservationists of the reserve also carefully monitor the 8-month old cubs regularly. Through their observation, they opine that the cubs are currently looked healthy and not hungry, and are spending active stress-free days with their now father, the tiger.