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civil marriage

Law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman

Civil Marriage


marriage contracted in corresponding agencies of state power, without the participation of the church. In the Soviet state the first decree on civil marriage was issued on Dec. 18, 1917. In the USSR only civil marriage is legally valid. (Church marriages contracted before the establishment of Soviet power are equivalent to registered civil marriages.) Similarly, in foreign socialist countries, exclusive recognition is given to civil marriage. In certain bourgeois countries, including France and Switzerland, civil marriage is obligatory, and a church wedding has no legal significance. In Great Britain, some states of the USA, and other bourgeois countries, marriage may take place either in secular agencies or in church, and the two forms of marriage have equal validity under the law.

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Jim Splaine of Portsmouth, a former state representative and senator, was primary sponsor of House Bill 436, which allows same-gender couples to have civil marriage.
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She said: "After listening to Alliance Party members, as well as from people who have corresponded with me, I believe we have made the correct decision in supporting the extension of civil marriage provisions to samesex couples provided that robust protections are in place for faith groups who oppose these measures.
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CDATA[ Knesset passes pared-down version of the civil marriage bill, enabling those of ano religiona to join together in something akin to marriage.
as a place for Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership.
judges, mayors and--in what may be a first--the superintendent of the State School for the Deaf can perform civil marriage ceremonies.