civil marriage


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civil marriage

a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman.
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Choosing a civil marriage refutes the notion in society that women are weak, Abu Ali said.
Some 1,400 civil marriages are scheduled to take place in Ayia Napa this year compared to 1,150 in 2013.
While a strictly civil marriage need not include both dimensions--any more than it must include a lifelong commitment--they cannot be absent from the sacramental union of two baptized persons (at least when both partners are physically capable of having children).
We are so pleased to have the first civil partnership on religious premises, but we will continue striving for all couples to have equal access to civil marriages, religious marriages and civil partnerships.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that there were 2,332 civil marriages in Birmingham during 2002And a spokesman for Birmingham Register Office said there has been a 20 per cent fall in the number of civil marriage applications since February - 466 less weddings per year.
This blogger disapproves of civil marriage even for heterosexuals, because, he says, "The secular 'economic' view of the institution of marriage actually is a strong argument for those that seek to claim homosexual relationships are equivalent to marriage.
For--"Extending the right to civil marriage is an affirmation of Canada's commitment to protecting minority rights and guaranteeing equality.
San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ``rightly recognizes government has no legitimate interest in denying the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples,'' Koretz said.
309, 343 (2003), the court held that to "deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry" was inconsistent with the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Yet, many of the features of religious v civil marriage legislation are similar to those encountered elsewhere in the Western world.
An off-the-cuff list of fundamental changes to marriage would include not only divorce and property reform but 'also the abolition of polygamy, the fading of dowries, the abolition of child hood betrothals, the elimination of parents' right to choose mates for their children or to veto their children's choices, the legalization of interracial marriage, the legalization of contraception, the criminalization of marital rape (an offense that wasn't even recognized until recently), and of course the very concept of civil marriage.
A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling last month said same-sex couples have the same right as traditional couples to share in the hundreds of legal benefits of civil marriage, ranging from coverage under their spouse's employer-provided health insurance to tax breaks and property inheritance rights.