A self-described Wiccan witch and high priestess has been granted approval to perform marriages in Virginia.
The Norfolk Circuit Court issued a minister's certificate to Rosemary Kooiman of Lanham, Md., after two other circuit courts refused.Kooiman, 69, leads the Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye, a 50-member congregation in the Wiccan tradition. About 100,000 people practice Wicca in the United States and Canada, she said.
Wicca, which comes from the Old English word for witch, celebrates seasonal and life cycles using rituals from pre-Christian Europe.
Kooiman may perform weddings in Maryland, which does not regulate clergy. But in Virginia, ministers must be authorized by a judge or a circuit clerk to perform weddings.