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S.B. 157 Enrolled





Sponsor: Carlene M. Walker

                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This bill clarifies those who are authorized to solemnize a marriage may not delegate or
                  deputize other persons to solemnize a marriage.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This bill:
                      .    prohibits persons authorized to solemnize a marriage from delegating or deputizing
                  other persons to solemnize a marriage.
                  Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
                  Other Special Clauses:
                  Utah Code Sections Affected:
                      30-1-6, as last amended by Chapter 2, Laws of Utah 1997
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 30-1-6 is amended to read:
                       30-1-6. Who may solemnize marriages -- Certificate.
                      (1) Marriages may be solemnized by the following persons only:
                      (a) ministers, rabbis, or priests of any religious denomination who are:
                      (i) in regular communion with any religious society; and
                      (ii) 18 years of age or older;
                      (b) Native American spiritual advisors;

                      (c) the governor;
                      (d) mayors of municipalities or county executives;
                      (e) a justice, judge, or commissioner of a court of record;
                      (f) a judge of a court not of record of the state;
                      (g) judges or magistrates of the United States;
                      (h) the county clerk of any county in the state, if the clerk chooses to solemnize
                      (i) the president of the Senate;
                      (j) the speaker of the House of Representatives; or
                      (k) a judge or magistrate who holds office in Utah when retired, under rules set by the
                  Supreme Court.
                      (2) A person authorized under Subsection (1) who solemnizes a marriage shall give to the
                  couple married a certificate of marriage that shows the:
                      (a) name of the county from which the license is issued; and
                      (b) date of the license's issuance.
                      (3) As used in this section:
                      (a) "Judge or magistrate of the United States" means:
                      (i) a justice of the United States Supreme Court;
                      (ii) a judge of a court of appeals;
                      (iii) a judge of a district court;
                      (iv) a judge of any court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled to
                  hold office during good behavior;
                      (v) a judge of a bankruptcy court;
                      (vi) a judge of a tax court; or
                      (vii) a United States magistrate.
                      (b) (i) "Native American spiritual advisor" means a person who:
                      (A) (I) leads, instructs, or facilitates a Native American religious ceremony or service; or
                      (II) provides religious counseling; and

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                      (B) is recognized as a spiritual advisor by a federally recognized Native American tribe.
                      (ii) "Native American spiritual advisor" includes a sweat lodge leader, medicine person,
                  traditional religious practitioner, or holy man or woman.
                      (4) Notwithstanding any other provision in law, no person authorized under Subsection
                  (1) to solemnize a marriage may delegate or deputize another person to perform the function of
                  solemnizing a marriage, except that only full-time employees of the office responsible for the
                  issuance of marriage licenses may be deputized.

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