Can a minister ordained on-line through the Universal Life Church solemnize a marriage?

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Can a minister ordained on-line through the Universal Life Church solemnize a marriage?

Will a state recognize and allow a minister ordained through the Universal Life Church online to officiate a marriage?

Asked on November 10, 2011 under Family Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Here is the law:

451.100. Marriages may be solemnized by any clergyman, either active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Marriages may also be solemnized, without compensation, by any judge, including a municipal judge. Marriages may also be solemnized by a religious society, religious institution, or religious organization of this state, according to the regulations and customs of the society, institution or organization, when either party to the marriage to be solemnized is a member of such society, institution or organization.

But to actually perform a marriage in Missouri you may need not only to be ordained but you may be required to provide proof of ordination and to file the proof in certain counties. You may also need a Letter of Good Standing fro the church.  And in some locations or counties you may need to be licensed.  So I would check with the clerk in the county you wish to perform the ceremony.  Good luck.


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