New Bedford Justice of the Peace marries couple
NEW BEDFORD – Clearly a first for Justice of the Peace Steven Martins, he will be having a wedding ceremony tonight on Lifetime’s “Married at First Sight”.
âI can’t wait to follow their journey,â said Martins.
Based on the Danish series “Gift Ved FÃ¸rste Blik”, the reality TV series follows singles who agree to legally marry a stranger on their first meeting.
The series which first aired in July 2014, has aired for life for 14 seasons. This season, the series is set in Boston and follows five local couples.
âThe couples on these shows have a hard time finding love,â Martins said. “As these couples get older, they think it might be a good opportunity to let the matchmakers on the show help them out instead.”
Martins said his involvement began after receiving an arbitrary email from the show’s producers asking for a justice of the peace, but the email didn’t disclose much information – not even the name of the show.
âI thought it was spam,â Martins admitted. After checking the credentials, he realized it was for âMarried at First Sightâ.
In July, Martins arrived in Boston to marry a couple he has never met. In fact, everyone at the wedding was meeting for the first time.
âWhen I walked in I think people thought I was the groom,â he said with a laugh. “It’s just as embarrassing to me as it is to anyone else on the show.”
Although Martins was discreet on the precise names of the couple, he said he felt like they had potential and that they both seriously wanted to find love.
âI can tell you this, their two stories really stood out to me, they are two good people who are looking for love,â Martins said. “They really want love and a family.”
Martins said that during the 30-minute service, the couple shared their personal wishes. âYou will be able to see exactly who they are, what they were looking for and why they wanted to do this,â he added.
How many âMarried at first sightâ couples stay together?
Over the 13 seasons, 49 couples have been matched. And while 29 couples (59%) chose to stay married on âdecision day,â half have since divorced, filed for divorce, or announced their divorce.
In December 2021, only 12 couples remained married.
According to Screen Rant, for the first time since Season 4, none of the couples from the previous season lasted more than a few weeks after the season ended. Two couples, who decided to stick together on decision day, did not shock fans with the news of their split after the season finale aired.
Following the announcement of the five couples on Lifetime, Martins said her specific couple received “mixed feelings” about a success from critics and fans alike.
âI still don’t agree with this type of criticism because even opposites attract,â he said.
âIf there is a link there, you can’t ignore it. We will therefore have to find out if there is a deep connection with this couple.
What is former city councilor Steven Martins doing now?
Appointed by the governor of Massachusetts in 2017, Martins is one of the youngest justices of the peace in the Commonwealth. âI am truly grateful to work with all of these amazing couples and look forward to working with other amazing couples in the New Year,â he said.
Martins was also a New Bedford city councilor from 2008 to 2018. When not marrying couples, he works as an assistant manager / regional manager for Mass lottery.
Although Martins has admitted that he never watched an episode of âMarried at First Sight,â he plans to watch the entire season to see what happens as he doesn’t know anything since Julu’s ceremony.
âI really hope they get through this,â he said. “I can only hope to keep my good track record and keep people married along the way.”
How to watch “Married at first sight”
You can attend the wedding ceremonies on “Married at First Sight” on the Lifetime network. Season 14 kicks off live Wednesday, January 5 at 8 p.m.
Lifetime is Channel 38 on the Comcast Cable in New Bedford. It can be streamed live on mavie.com/live by connecting with a cable company.
Discover the season by watching the Season 14 special episodes “Matchmaking in Boston” and “Kicking off Boston” online at play.mylifetime.com/shows/married-at-first-sight#episodes.
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