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H.B. 269 Enrolled
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:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
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
41 (j) the president of the Senate;
42 (k) the speaker 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;
62 (II) provides religious counseling; and
63 (B) is recognized as a spiritual advisor by a federally recognized Native American
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
68 Subsection (1) to solemnize a marriage may delegate or deputize another person to perform the
69 function of solemnizing a marriage, except that only [
70 responsible for the issuance of marriage licenses may be deputized.
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