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Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity

Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity

Richard Hammar reviews public accommodations laws.
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Recent Developments in Tennessee Regarding Marriage and Divorce Member access only

A Tennessee court ruled that a marriage was valid despite the husband's claim that the officiating clergyman was not qualified to perform marriages and had failed to return a signed marriage license to the county clerk within three days of the marriage as required by law.
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Minister Sanctioned for Failure to Follow State Marriage Requirements Member access only

Familiarize yourself with state laws regarding marriage.
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Will Ministers Be Forced to Perform Same-Sex Marriages? Member access only

The Iowa Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, but does not require ministers to perform ceremonies.
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Legal Marriage Requirements Member access only

Couples united in "religious ceremonies" are not lawfully married.
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Potential Problems with "Religious" Marriages Member access only

Ceremonies that don't comply with legal requirements can have legal and tax consequences.
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Performing "Religious" Marriage Ceremonies Member access only

Risks of officiating at "religious" marriages that don't comply with state law.
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What Legal Requirements Apply to the Performance of Marriage Ceremonies? Member access only

The legal essentials, and a checklist, for helping couples tie knot.
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Q&A: Is it Legal to Perform an Out-of-State Wedding?  Member access only

A legal checklist every pastor should use with ceremonies in other states.
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Recent Developments in Arizona Regarding Marriage and Divorce Member access only

An Arizona court upheld the validity of a marriage despite a number of technical violations of state law.
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Restraining Orders Member access only

A woman's right to be protected from abuse, harassment, and stalking outweighed her husband's perceived constitutional right to attend the church of his choice.
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What Are My Legal Duties for a Marriage Ceremony? Member access only

This eight-point checklist keeps the basics straight for pastors.
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The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Member access only

Seven key points for church leaders to note.
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The Top 10 Tax Developments Churches and Clergy Must Note—Now Member access only

These changes, and more, affect 2013 filing and 2014 obligations.
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Marriage License Never Returned to County Clerk; Marriage Still Valid Member access only

Nebraska Supreme Court rules a 26-year-marriage valid because the existence of marriage was provable without official record.
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Court Rules Marriages Performed in Foreign Country Valid in Maryland Member access only

Ruling on Congo couple's marriage suggests ceremonies with one spouse represented by proxy or long-distance communication may be valid.
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Indiana's Marriage Solemnization Statute Shows Clergy Preference Member access only

Statue held as unconstitutional due to preference of clergy over secular leaders.
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Are We Required to Perform or Host Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies? Member access only

A look at the rights and protections afforded to clergy and churches.
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Six Questions about the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Member access only

Richard Hammar explains what clergy and church leaders should know ahead of the June decision.
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What Churches and Clergy Should Note from the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision, and what it means for religious liberty.
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