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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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There, after a few days, if you like, the civil marriage shall be celebrated without pomp or ceremony.
`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.
When Joseph Bechara, the president of Lebanon's Council of Notaries Public, who officiated the ceremony, proclaimed that the couple had chosen to hold a "civil marriage on the lands of the Lebanese Republic," the crowd gathered for the wedding raised a resounding cheer.
Beirut: A debate over civil marriage has resurged in the Lebanese political community after the newly appointed interior minister, Raya Hassan, called attention to the issue.
The debate on "Civil Marriage" has been sparked all over again among Lebanese after the interior minister's remarks on her intention to raise the issue to authorities so it gets recognized.
A large number of foreigners who wed in Cyprus by civil marriage did not reside on the island.
Amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act were passed in August last year without Section 88A, such as allowing a new Muslim in a civil marriage to file for divorce after the religious conversion and enabling the surviving spouse, children and parents of a Muslim convert who dies before the divorce goes through to claim matrimonial assets.
A majority of Jewish Israelis support allowing civil marriage and divorce in Israel, according to a survey released for Valentine's Day.
I am a married, gay Anglican whose civil marriage was wonderfully blessed by God, through liturgy and eucharistic celebration, in my home parish.
The personal status law has caused controversy for decades since it regulates legal marital disputes; between the church's insistence that it upholds its authority on the matter and the calls by many Coptic Christians to allow civil marriage, the role of the state is almost neutral.
A total of 96 MLAs took part in the vote with 47 for and 49 against the Sinn Fein motion calling for civil marriage equality for all.