civil marriage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n civil marriage a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
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Usage

In literature:

Like the rule as to marriage above explained, it is derived from the Roman or civil law.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
Even in more civilized states, a marriage may be substantially a bargain carried out in a business-like spirit.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
We worship many fetishes, we of the superior civilization, and the institution of marriage is the chief of them.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1906" by Various
It is the holy sacrament of marriage that gives sanctity to the family, and strength to civil society.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
Not long after his marriage he reached the height of civil greatness.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The knot would be cut by introducing civil marriage into India generally for all who preferred it.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Roger, we ought to get the Improved Tories to consider the question of Civil Marriage.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Our actual civil marriage is the result of trials and compromises which require improvement.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
No minister of religion need be present at a civil contract, even if it take place in a chapel or building certified for marriages.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux
A judge of the Republic will come too, for the civil marriage.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In news:

MARRIAGE IS CIVIL RIGHT ( RITE) AS WELL AS RELIGIOUS SACRAMENT .
The NAACP announced Saturday the 103-year-old black civil rights group is supporting same-sex marriage.
Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey is frustrating gay activists because he is hesitant to get moving on a bill to change the state's civil-unions policy to one of flat-out marriage equality.
Religious leaders are disagreeing on how involved military chaplains can be in ceremonies for same-sex marriages or civil unions after the Associated Press reported that Air Force colonel Timothy Wagoner attended one on June 23.
Is a civil union a "marriage" to the IRS, and if not, what is it.
God, man and civil marriage.
On July 13, a week after the AP story appeared, the Southern Baptists ' official Baptist Press news service ran an article conveying the message that South Baptist military chaplains do not support same-sex civil unions or marriages.
NEW ORLEANS — A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.
Coretta Scott King, who died January 31, lived faithfully through marriage to one of the nation's most famous, danger-risking pastors and became an admired civil rights leader in her own right over the past 38 years.
Isn't same-sex marriage a civil right.
I am a Catholic who supports civil marriage for same sex couples.
Marriage is a civil right, not a religious one.
IF MARRIAGE equality is a matter of civil rights, then America is finally starting to wake up.
"This morning Governor Baldacci signed into law LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom.".
I don't agree with him that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue — because it's a social issue.
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