I can only speak for Pennsylvania, but as an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, I have performed 3 weddings. Each Church has their own requirements for ordaination(?). The Universal Life Church requires you to click “yes”.
Of course with our Quaker history I believe we have a somewhat more generous take on this than most states, see b) below:
§ 1503. Persons qualified to solemnize marriages.
(a) General rule.–The following are authorized to solemnize marriages between persons that produce a marriage license
issued under this part: .
A justice, judge or district justice of this Commonwealth.
A former or retired justice, judge or district justice of this Commonwealth who is serving as a senior judge or senior district justice as provided or prescribed by law.
An active or senior judge or full-time magistrate of the District Courts of the United States for the Eastern, Middle or Western District of Pennsylvania.
An active or senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who is a resident of this Commonwealth.
A mayor of any city or borough of this Commonwealth.
A minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation.
(b) Religious organizations.-Every religious society, religious institution or religious organization in this Commonwealth may join persons together in marriage when at least one of the persons is a member of the society, institution or organization, according to the rules and customs of the society, institution or organization. [Anabaptists & Quakers…]
© Marriage license needed to officiate.–No person or religious organization qualified to perform marriages shall officiate at a marriage ceremony without the parties having obtained a marriage license issued under this part.
The startling thing to me is that your
mayor can marry you - cool.
Oh, and there was a joke in the original article that a captain can marry anyone he wants as this is a free country… of course, if the captain is gay this doesn’t apply…