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H.B. 269

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Chief Sponsor: Douglas C. Aagard

Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows all employees of the office responsible for the issuance of marriage
             10      licenses to be deputized to solemnize marriages.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    repeals a requirement that only full-time employees of the office responsible for the
             14      issuance of marriage licenses may be deputized to solemnize marriages, thereby
             15      allowing all employees of the office responsible for the issuance of marriage
             16      licenses to be deputized to solemnize marriages.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          30-1-6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 296
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 30-1-6 is amended to read:
             27           30-1-6. Who may solemnize marriages -- Certificate.

             28          (1) Marriages may be solemnized by the following persons only:
             29          (a) ministers, rabbis, or priests of any religious denomination who are:
             30          (i) in regular communion with any religious society; and
             31          (ii) 18 years of age or older;
             32          (b) Native American spiritual advisors;
             33          (c) the governor;
             34          (d) the lieutenant governor;
             35          (e) mayors of municipalities or county executives;
             36          (f) a justice, judge, or commissioner of a court of record;
             37          (g) a judge of a court not of record of the state;
             38          (h) judges or magistrates of the United States;
             39          (i) the county clerk of any county in the state, if the clerk chooses to solemnize
             40      marriages;
             41          (j) H. [ [ ] the president [ ] ] [ members ] .H of the Senate;
             42          (k) H. [ [ ] the speaker [ ] ] [ members ] .H of the House of Representatives; or
             43          (l) a judge or magistrate who holds office in Utah when retired, under rules set by the
             44      Supreme Court.
             45          (2) A person authorized under Subsection (1) who solemnizes a marriage shall give to
             46      the couple married a certificate of marriage that shows the:
             47          (a) name of the county from which the license is issued; and
             48          (b) date of the license's issuance.
             49          (3) As used in this section:
             50          (a) "Judge or magistrate of the United States" means:
             51          (i) a justice of the United States Supreme Court;
             52          (ii) a judge of a court of appeals;
             53          (iii) a judge of a district court;
             54          (iv) a judge of any court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled
             55      to hold office during good behavior;
             56          (v) a judge of a bankruptcy court;
             57          (vi) a judge of a tax court; or
             58          (vii) a United States magistrate.

             59          (b) (i) "Native American spiritual advisor" means a person who:
             60          (A) (I) leads, instructs, or facilitates a Native American religious ceremony or service;
             61      or
             62          (II) provides religious counseling; and
             63          (B) is recognized as a spiritual advisor by a federally recognized Native American
             64      tribe.
             65          (ii) "Native American spiritual advisor" includes a sweat lodge leader, medicine
             66      person, traditional religious practitioner, or holy man or woman.
             67          (4) Notwithstanding any other provision in law, no person authorized under Subsection
             68      (1) to solemnize a marriage may delegate or deputize another person to perform the function of
             69      solemnizing a marriage, except that only [full-time] employees of the office responsible for the
             70      issuance of marriage licenses may be deputized.

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