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But just as his article was being completed on a hopeful note, the 2000 CCAR Conference, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, recommended rabbinic officiation at gay and lesbian unions.
Inviting me to a recent wedding in Virginia, the proud parents asked if I would do some sort of officiation.
Though formally barred from priestly status and ritual officiation, they would also create their own opportunities to participate in religious activities by playing a central role in the Christian cofradias.
Since marriage was a contract, courts reasoned, persons should be able to form a marriage on their own without any formal officiation by a third party.
For example, during Pope John Paul II's visits to Mexico in 1979 and 1990, federal officials overlooked the pontiff's violations of constitutional bans on public religious ceremonies (Article 24) and on officiation by foreign-born priests (Article 130).