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Marriage

Our ministers may legally perform all and any service performed by those of other denominations; the marriage ceremony is one such service. The state does not provide a marriage certificate with the marriage license. A beautiful Certificate of Marriage from the Universal Life Church will ever enhance the couple's memories of the ceremony, and we offer these for use by all ministers. The Marriage Certificate is available from International Headquarters. For each certificate requested we ask $5.00.

There are no special legal requirements for ULC ministers; the only requirements they must fulfill are those that the state and county in which they reside sets, for ministers of all denominations; and these vary from state to state. To be legal, the marriage must be recorded. There are basically, two systems for recording a marriage. (These sections refer primarily to California. Ministers of other states should check their state Marriage Act for corresponding sections.) 

The first is that of the traditional State marriage. The betrothed couple are required to have blood tests, apply for a marriage license, and have a waiting period between the granting of the license and the marriage itself. (By the way, your denomination is "Universal Life.) The minister is then required, within three days of the ceremony, to return the license to the appropriate government office. This marriage is recorded and its record is a public document which is available to anyone upon request. 

The lesser known statutes of the law, Sections 4213 through 4215 of the California Civil Code, Solemnization of the Marriage Act, "Confidential Record of Church Marriage," allow a couple to be married without blood tests and without a waiting period. And, most importantly, the kind of record these sections require is confidential; it is not a public record and no one, except the couple, can obtain a copy without a court order. This is an example of the second system. The confidential marriage is ideal for couples who have been living together as though they were married and now want to solemnize their union. The state does not provide a marriage certificate with the marriage license. A beautiful Certificate of Marriage from the Universal Life Church will ever enhance the couple's memories of the ceremony, and we offer these for use by all ministers. The Marriage Certificate is available from International Headquarters. For each certificate requested we ask $5.00.

 

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