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A New York court ruled that a state law barring same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional.

Key point 3-04. All states permit clergy to perform marriage ceremonies. However, some states permit only "ordained" or some other classification of clergy to perform marriage ceremonies. It is important for clergy to determine if they are legally authorized to perform marriages under applicable state law, and in addition to be aware of the legal qualifications for marriage and any license and reporting requirements prescribed by state law.
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* A New York court ruled that a state law barring same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional, and so two ministers who married 13 same-sex couples could not be charged with the crime of solemnizing marriages without a valid license. The New York Domestic Relations Law specifies that a person who performs a marriage without being presented with a marriage license is guilty of a misdemeanor. It makes no distinction ...

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  • July 1, 2005

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