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Picture from September 2016 Ceremony

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The relationship between Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco was officiated by the Texas preacher Eric Philpott and was memorialized in a Hovind video that has since been removed as shown below:

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https://youtu.be/jt47elbHH8g?t=3m30s

 

“And now by the virtue and the authority invested in me as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord, the pastor of his precious church, in the presence of God and these assembled witnesses, I pronounce you (Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco) husband and wife.”

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– Eric Philpot

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In recent weeks it has been noted that Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco have not been living together as husband and wife for many months and that Kent Hovind has begun living together with Cindi Lincoln in a relationship that has yet to be publicly announced.

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See:

http://kehvrlb.com/rumor-control-whats-up-with-mary-tocco

http://kehvrlb.com/rumor-control-the-new-mrs-dr-dino

http://kehvrlb.com/mary-tocco-on-leaving-kent-hovind

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Jo Hovind, Kent Hovind’s first wife formally, legally, civilly divorced Kent Hovind in a proceeding of record in Escambia County, FL.  Kent Hovind did not contest that divorce in the Spring of 2016 and took up living with Mary Tocco in September 2016 after the event noted above which was publicized worldwide via various YouTube broadcasts on Kent Hovind’s YouTube channel and elsewhere.

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The State of Alabama accepted as legally binding common-law marriages contracted in 2016 and continued to accept such marriages subsequent to 2016.  Since 2016 Alabama no longer recognizes such marriages contracted after 2016.

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There are no provisions for common-law divorces/annulments.  Common-law marriages require civil, legal, on-the-record action in order to legally dissolve them.

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Despite repeated requests, there has been no formal, public, official explanation as to how Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco might propose that their marriage was dissolved.

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Cryptic and unofficial statements indicate simply that the marriage of Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco was NOT legally, civilly, on-the-record dissolved; indicating that they remain married as a matter of law.

 

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Mary Tocco indicated in one statement that Kent Hovind “renounced” the marriage and in another statement Kent’s man Ernie Land indicated that Kent arranged for a private “common-law” ceremony where he dissolved the marriage before witnesses; after which Mary received some kind of email or text notice of the action.

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https://www.facebook.com/ernest.land1/posts/10216451905067710

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In a statement to Forbes contributor Peter J. Reilly, Mary Tocco indicated she couldn’t care less about anything the State of Alabama had to say about the relationship.  See:

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2018/09/05/how-tax-resistance-can-hurt-your-marriages-the-kent-hovind-saga/#317bcc43b927

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My Conclusion/Opinion

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As a matter of law, Kent Hovind and Mary Tocco remain married and Kent Hovind’s relationship to Cindi Lincoln is merely one of 2 consenting adults living together (perhaps in a bigamous relationship).

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Update September 7, 2018

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In response to criticism of the coverage of the Hovind marital issues, Agrippa Seven posted the following in response in the GDC group:
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The similarities are very close:
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“His message changed over the years because he was always looking for the next big thing to teach that would shock people into listening to him,” Bunds said. “It was important for David Koresh… to isolate the group from the world because the world is an influence that is constantly pulling and distracting you from the message.
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Koresh claimed all marriages in the group were dissolved and that all of the women would be his “wives” if he wanted them, even though Koresh was legally married to one woman, Rachel Jones.
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“David Koresh’s justification for taking all of the women for himself was theological … he’s the one that had the power, he’s the one that had the authority to ‘give the seed,’” Bunds said, adding that if he had sex with a woman, Koresh would say she was in the ‘House of David.”
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Worth a read:
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Life inside apocalyptic religious sect involved in 1993 Waco siege
(End quote.)

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Update September 19, 2018

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Kent Hovind parades out Cindi Lincoln in his latest performance without mentioning who she is or what their relationship is.  Perhaps it was Kent’s way of responding to friends and family of Cindi Lincoln who have been expressing concerns about her well-being.

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Update September 22, 2018

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Mary Tocco speaks and I respond!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KentHovind/permalink/730558230626695/

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Update September 25, 2018

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Update October 31, 2018

https://youtu.be/qbRnoWZf-_k?t=14

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Update November 11, 2018

https://www.facebook.com/miraclebaptistchurch/videos/1101810923331345/

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References:

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https://www.divorcenet.com/resources/common-law-marriage-alabama.html

https://law.justia.com/codes/alabama/2016/title-30/chapter-1/

https://law.justia.com/codes/alabama/2016/title-30/chapter-2/

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