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Newly ordained in Texas
« on: October 22, 2018, 07:23:58 AM »
Saw a post from a couple years back talking about Texas weddings. i was wondering if since then, anyone has done any weddings? I know Texas in general is somewhat of an "honor" system, meaning they expect you to do the right thing or pay the fine if you get caught doing wrong...but individual counties is a different story. I plan on calling Dallas county to see what they say, but wanted to hear anyone elses experience.

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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 08:26:07 AM »
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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 11:27:36 PM »
In NJ, where I reside, "every minister of every religion" (including those ordained online) are legally permitted to solemnize marriages and sign the marriage license.  Please let us know what you find out regarding Dudeist Priests officiating weddings in Texas.

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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2018, 01:41:54 PM »
In NJ, where I reside, "every minister of every religion" (including those ordained online) are legally permitted to solemnize marriages and sign the marriage license.  Please let us know what you find out regarding Dudeist Priests officiating weddings in Texas.

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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2019, 01:29:29 PM »
Following this.  I just got ordained today myself, thanks man.  Going to be officiating my brothers ceremony in a few months in Texas.  Curious if anyone who has done the same has any pointers for Texas, Gainesville specifically.

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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 06:05:10 PM »
Following this.  I just got ordained today myself, thanks man.  Going to be officiating my brothers ceremony in a few months in Texas.  Curious if anyone who has done the same has any pointers for Texas, Gainesville specifically.

My standard disclaimer: I AM NOT A LAWYER. Any questions? Call an attorney. I can't and won't answer specific legal questions. I have legal training, and I can be sanctioned faster and more severely than other people.
I'm reading over Chapter 2 of Title 1 of the Family Code of Texas about this. Dudeist priests seem to fall under Sec. 2.202.(a)(3) "a person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to conduct a marriage ceremony." I would just "Minister" as title, "religious" as ceremony, and "non-denominational" as denomination. But that's just me.

I'm assuming everyone is age 18+, so I'll pass that part. It seems the couple gets the license and normally wait 72 hours for the ceremony. After that, you do the ceremony within 90 days of issuance. (Sec. 2.201). The waiting period is optional for armed forces or DoD personnel or with a waiver. I'd just wait. You, as officiate, must return that signed and dated license to the issuing county clerk within 30 days or you've committed a misdemeanor and can be fined $200-500. (I think NC gives us 5 days, so you're lucky.) If you sign an expired marriage license, same fine.

Your work is done. The clerk mails a copy to the couple.

I didn't find specific criteria for you and the couple. Generally speaking, both are of age to get married, are sober, are single, and are entering into marriage willingly. In some areas, you have to be divorced for a certain number of days or provide proof. But from what I remember, that's up to the clerk and not you. You have to make sure they're sober because if anyone is drunk or high they can't actually consent. If you feel like someone is being pressured or forced to marry, you can't do it. But I don't know anyone who's had that problem. If I read this right, Texas doesn't require witnesses to the ceremony. Usually states and jurisdictions require two, but I don't think Texas does. Hm...

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Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 03:20:21 PM »
Great information here, thanks Man.

 

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