Unfortunately my ISP just knocked me off again, in the middle of composing a response. Check the UN's Space Treaties page, probably the COUPOS section.
According to current Space Law, the laws of the nation from which said spacecraft is launched are the laws to be used aboard the spacecraft. Unfortunately, the U.S. Govt. has ratified very few of these treaties, even though the UN continues to refine their ideas. The result: space will have little or no law.
When a company here in California stated the false premise of being able to offer deeds to property on the Moon, for instance, I called them on it stating the reasons in the COUPOS treaty. They have yet to dignify me with a response....
So grab your gun, or in this case, your garter, 'cause the exploration and colonization of space is as free as the old west!
It's called a proxy marriage. In Texas, she and a "stand-in" for him will be getting married. It's only allowed in Texas and Montana. He will not be present and the Space Station nor the country of origin will have anything to do with it.
Yeah, so? I'm sorry, I don't understand your point. He's given his proxy. He can tell his superiors he's going to cancel it, but unless his proxy, who has his power of attorney hears about it, it can go through without him. I think.
Besides, if it's a big enough deal with the Russians, he could probably get political asylum, which is probably the only way he'd be allowed in the country since proxy marriages aren't recognized for immigration purposes.
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I don't see that Russia, the officer's native country, will recognize it. I'm not calling it right or wrong, just trying to say that if this guy continues his career in space, they would have to recognize it. If he, in fact, were to relocate here in the U.S., then, yeah, we'd probably recognize it.
But that does not make the marriage legal in his own country.
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