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I'm not an attorney.

From what I can tell, no ordained person can. It seems only the civil ceremony is recognized. After a civil ceremony a church wedding can take place.

I'll see if I can verify that and if I can discover more.
As a newly ordained priest by the church of the latterday dude I am curious to know if I can legally mary people where I live (the Netherlands) the site mentioned it is possible in the US but is can't seem to find out about the Netherlands Thanks
General Discussion / Re: The age limit
« Last post by Masked Dude on January 19, 2019, 11:36:03 PM »
I can't speak on official church matters, but I'll guess that it's at least 18 years old.
General Discussion / The age limit
« Last post by Ytrewq Wertyq on January 19, 2019, 05:45:46 PM »
Just wanted to ask,how old does the one have to be to get ordained as a Dudeist minister? Is there an age limit or something?
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Fuckin' Amazing!!

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General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the forum
« Last post by Andre on January 14, 2019, 07:58:30 AM »
Greetings. I was ordained in 2007 and lost some of my Dudeism. I am back and will abide.
General Discussion / Re: Hello, My name is Helen
« Last post by Masked Dude on January 12, 2019, 04:13:44 PM »
Welcome to the lanes! Is your professor a dudeist, too?
General Discussion / Hello, My name is Helen
« Last post by helenharry on January 12, 2019, 03:23:01 AM »
Hello, My name is Helen and I am new here. I am not really sure how this works but one of my professors suggested that I check this place out. I am a college student, theater kid, and I write YA Fiction. I am currently writing my debut novel and I love having writer friends.
Wedding Ceremonies / Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Last post by Redux on January 11, 2019, 03:20:21 PM »
Great information here, thanks Man.
Wedding Ceremonies / Re: Newly ordained in Texas
« Last post by Masked Dude 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...

Any questions? Head down to 100 South Dixon Street or call (940) 668-5421 and ask! And this goes without saying, but in case someone else is reading: Be perfectly honest. If you provide any false or vague or misleading information that could invalidate the marriage. The couple could then sue you into oblivion.
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