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written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Appendix 1: Eligibility to Perform Marriage Ceremonies

Volume 1 . Chapter 4

State-by-State Analysis

Note: The relevant portion of each state's statute describing those clergy who are authorized to perform marriage ceremonies is set forth below in alphabetical order. All statutes are subject to change, and accordingly this appendix should not be relied upon. To determine the current text of any statute, you should visit a library containing your state statutes, or consult with an attorney.

Alabama

Ala. Code § 30-1-7. Persons authorized to solemnize marriages (2004)

  1. Generally. Marriages may be solemnized by any licensed minister of the gospel in regular communion with the Christian church or society of which the minister is a member; by an active or retired judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Civil Appeals, any circuit court, or any district court within this state; by a judge of any federal court; or by an active or retired judge of probate.

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