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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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Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, head of the civil marriage department Lia Costi said 85 per cent of the weddings which took place last year were among people from Britain.
In addition, 60% of Arab respondents aged 25-34 support instituting civil marriage and divorce, compared to only 27% of Arabs 65 and older.
5 million euros a year, she said, explaining that the package for civil marriage includes the cost charged by municipalities, accommodation, food and parties.
According to Hala Abu Ali, the project coordinator, Chaml has been lobbying for civil marriage since 2009 because, the group believes, it is the key to undoing the sectarian system in Lebanon.
Beirut: Rejecting multi-pronged clerical objections, caretaker Minister of the Interior Marwan Sharbel took the unprecedented step of registering the civil marriage contract of Nidal Darwish and Kholoud Succariyeh, the first couple to celebrate a civil union in Lebanon.
Government consultation on civil marriage closes on June 14.
For reasons of convenience, my wife and I had a civil marriage a few weeks before we entered kiddushin.
Protesters - Coptic Christians as well as Muslims - want the next parliament elected in September to adopt a law to allow civil marriages.
A legal bid to overturn bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships will be launched at the European Court of Human Rights.
Poll Shows over 45 percent of Lebanese Are in Favor of Civil Marriage
A spokesman for the Registrar General's Office said: 'It is to make things consistent so civil marriages and civil partnerships are registered in the same way.