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8. Marriage is a legal joining, which can involve a religious ceremony.
Mon Feb 26, 2024, 08:46 PM
Feb 2024

That's how I would understand it. It becomes legal when you get a marriage license, then an official (notary) asks if you accept one another as Husband/ Wife, or Partners and then signs a document making it legal. Of course you can have a much more elaborate religious ceremony.

What is considered a legal marriage in the US?
In 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which, for federal purposes, defined marriage as "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife"
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