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Old 08-22-2010, 06:42 AM
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Can an ordained baptist deacon perform a marriage ceremony?
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:22 AM
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Definitely not. Here are the requirements as they exist in Kentucky. All other states have similar requirements.
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(1) Marriage shall be solemnized only by: (a) Ministers of the gospel or priests of any denomination in regular communion with any religious society;
(b) Justices and judges of the Court of Justice, retired justices and judges of the Court of Justice except those removed for cause or convicted of a felony, county judges/executive, and such justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners as the Governor or the county judge/executive authorizes; or
(c) A religious society that has no officiating minister or priest and whose usage is to solemnize marriage at the usual place of worship and by consent given in the presence of the society, if either party belongs to the society.
(2) At least two (2) persons, in addition to the parties and the person solemnizing the marriage, shall be present at every marriage.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:40 AM
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In Canada, marriage falls under the jurisdiction of the province and any person licenced by the province may perform a wedding.

The name of the person must be submitted by he secretary of the person's denomination or group to the province to be issued a licence. When that person leaves the province, he or she must return their licence and obtain a new one in each province. He, or she, is issued a number and this number must appear on the marriage certificate and registered with the province.

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By the way, we don't ordain deacons.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:58 AM
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In NY you must be an ordained minister or the (actual) leader of a concretion - ie pastor.

Keep in mind each State has its own requirements. In fact if you preform a marriage out of your State, you will want to see if there are any other requirements.
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What man recognizes as a marriage, and what God recognizes as one are not necessarily the same. Man expects you to get a blood test, why, I don't know. You need a marriage certificate, and you need someone the state recognizes as someone who can perform weddings.

So, what is God's idea of a marriage? Was there ever (before the government interfered with their laws) a marriage ceremony? Did blood tests need to be done? Was a marriage certificate even required?

God brought Eve onto Adam, and they became one--pure and simple. However, the government always wants to complicate things.
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leader of a concretion - ie pastor.
opps concretion should be congregation

I don't have a problem with the State requiring blood tests, waiting periods, ect - there are people out there who will keep some things secret - in this case, the govt is protecting me from someone else.
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:31 PM
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I've performed marriages in several states, including Kentucky. In most states, ordination and/or license is the requirement, but some also ask that a local pastor vouch for you in some form or fashion.

Here is a site that lists the states and the requirements. I'd still check with each individual state before performing a marriage ceremony however, as the rules are changing rapidly these days.

http://www.northernway.org/marriagelaws.html
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Thanks for your answers but I got more info. Couple is already married by justice of the peace. They just want me to perform the public ceremony.
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In NY you must be an ordained minister or the (actual) leader of a concretion - ie pastor.

Keep in mind each State has its own requirements. In fact if you preform a marriage out of your State, you will want to see if there are any other requirements.
You may also be licensed. Hubby would have been able to perform a wedding before he was ordained but was licensed. However, his first wedding did happen to come after ordination (and the groom's was the first funeral he did as well two years later).
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Man expects you to get a blood test, why, I don't know.
It's probably an STD test in most states that require it (though very few do, I think). It also may be used to test for certain diseases.


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So, what is God's idea of a marriage? Was there ever (before the government interfered with their laws) a marriage ceremony? Did blood tests need to be done? Was a marriage certificate even required?
Remember that God's law given to Moses for the government of Israel highly regulated marriage. So the idea of marriage in the eyes of God and marriage in the eyes of the state is not really so far apart as some want to say. When people live under a government (whether the theocracy in Israel or some modern government), laws regulate the matter and those should be respected. Under God's law, if you violated the marriage laws, you could be subject to the death penalty by the state.

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God brought Eve onto Adam, and they became one--pure and simple. However, the government always wants to complicate things.
Actually, government simplifies some things by guaranteeing certain rights to spouses in marriage. It protects both parties, which may be complicated, but is certainly necessary in a broken world.
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