Civil Marriage

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davids946
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Civil Marriage

Postby davids946 » Wed May 23, 2018 8:42 am

As the Bishop I have been asked to do the civil marriage for a non-member who lives in our community. She is marrying a member from another unit. The handbook states:

[Quotes from Handbook 1 removed, but they basically say that First Presidency approval is required in this situation]

Do I need approval of the First Presidency for this situation? If so how do I get approval of the First Presidency?

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Re: Civil Marriage

Postby scgallafent » Wed May 23, 2018 9:12 am

According to Handbook 1, you do need First Presidency approval. Your stake president can assist you with this.

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Re: Civil Marriage

Postby lajackson » Wed May 23, 2018 10:46 am

Another possibility to consider would be for the groom's bishop to perform the ceremony.

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Re: Civil Marriage

Postby jacobfolkman » Thu May 24, 2018 4:59 pm

Is the wedding taking place inside the church? If not, then of course you don't need permission from anyone. You're legally permitted to conduct weddings and you're a grown adult. The first presidency doesn't enter into it.

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Re: Civil Marriage

Postby lajackson » Thu May 24, 2018 9:05 pm

jacobfolkman wrote:Is the wedding taking place inside the church? If not, then of course you don't need permission from anyone. You're legally permitted to conduct weddings and you're a grown adult. The first presidency doesn't enter into it.

This is not true for a bishop when one of the people getting married is a member of the Church. Location is not the issue.

If neither was a member of the Church, a bishop could do the ceremony without permission. But if one or both of them are members, the bishop needs to follow the instructions in the Handbook.

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Re: Civil Marriage

Postby davesudweeks » Fri May 25, 2018 10:33 am

jacobfolkman wrote:Is the wedding taking place inside the church? If not, then of course you don't need permission from anyone. You're legally permitted to conduct weddings and you're a grown adult. The first presidency doesn't enter into it.


You may be correct in the US a bishop is legally authorized by the government to perform a valid civil marriage. This may not be true in all countries.
lajackson is referring to a bishop's responsibility to follow the handbook which does not allow them to perform such a marriage without proper authorization.


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