I know this is an old-ish thread, but I come here from one of the more complex states... Taxa-- err, Massachusetts.
I would like to be able to perform wedding ceremonies, but looking at the state laws on the books I'm not entirely sure what that entails. Here's the legal mumbo jumbo:
Section 38. A marriage may be solemnized in any place within the commonwealth by the following persons who are residents of the commonwealth: a duly ordained minister [...], including an ordained deacon [...]; a commissioned cantor or duly ordained rabbi [...]; by a justice of the peace [...]; an authorized representative of [...]; a priest or minister [...]; a minister [...]; a leader of an Ethical Culture Society [...]; the Imam [...]; and, it may be solemnized in a regular or special meeting [...]; and, it may be solemnized by a duly ordained nonresident minister [...]; and, it may be solemnized according to the usage of any other church or religious organization which shall have complied with the provisions of the second paragraph of this section.
Churches and other religious organizations shall file in the office of the state secretary information relating to persons recognized or licensed as aforesaid, and relating to usages of such organizations, in such form and at such times as the secretary may require.
I snipped out the references to specific religions (the [...] parts) because they go on at some length; you can read the entire text @ http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/Gener ... /Section38
So does this mean I have to register with the state secretary then, to be able to solemnize a marriage (since Pastafarianism isn't explicitly called out in the above list)? I assume that I should also check with the county clerk (Bristol county in my case) to see if there are any additional regulations...
Also of tangential relevance:ch207 s19
(the persons getting married must make notice to the city/town clerk and pay applicable fees)ch207 s20
(more crap for them to submit to the clerk)ch207 s28
(the marrying persons have to give the minister a certificate)ch207 s40
(the minister has to keep and submit records)ch046 s01
(stuff that needs to be recorded by the minister)ch207 s44
(really? get paid 25¢ to officiate?)ch207 s45
(records kept by the minister and/or clerk are prima facie evidence of the validity of the marriage)ch207 s48
(eep! $500 fine if "not duly authorized"?!)ch207 s49
(more fines if the certificates aren't registered properly!)ch207 s56
(more fines if one doesn't maintain the proper records!)