civil marriage


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civil marriage

n.
A marriage ceremony performed by a civil official.

civil marriage

n
(Law) law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman

civ′il mar′riage


n.
a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.civil marriage - a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
marriage ceremony, wedding, marriage - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
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I asked her, of course, why she didn't insist on a civil marriage at once-- that would have given her some hold on him.
They saw a crowd of waiting carriages in the mayor's court-yard; and when they reached the great hall where the civil marriages take place, they found two other wedding-parties impatiently awaiting the mayor's arrival.
The Prime Minister is keen to extend the civil marriage laws to homosexual unions while preserving the ability of religious organisations to close their doors in the face of gay and lesbian couples who wish to make a public commitment of their mutual love.
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This time they got married in a 10-minute civil marriage ceremony on Monday.
The latest took place only last Friday at the medieval castle in Larnaca where 90 couples mainly Israeli and Russian tied the knot, ten couples less than last June's mass civil marriage in the town.
Herbert striking down Utah's ban on civil marriage for same-sex couples as unconstitutional.
The Catholic bishops of this country have been nearly univocal in denouncing any attempt to redefine civil marriage.
The Times of Malta reported that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he will be asking the Vatican to discuss revising the 1992 church-state agreement, including ending the subordination of Malta's civil marriage law to the church's Ecclesiastical Tribunal.