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Marriage is a milestone in a couple's life. Most couples elect to have their union solemnized by a priest, a rabbi, a pastor or anyone legally authorized to officiate a wedding. All states have marriage laws that indicate who can perform a marriage ceremony. Most states recognize ordained members of the clergy and enumerate public officials who are designated to solemnize marriages. There are states that require prior registration and residency. Others require wedding ministers to submit proof of their authorization from their congregation. It is the duty of a wedding minister to be familiar with the marriage laws of each state to avoid violating the Constitution and state laws. This paper provides some options you can take if you want to be a wedding minister.
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