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Response to blkmusclmachine (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 09:07 PM

20. The clerks cannot refuse to issue licenses, only to perform the ceremonies

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What officials are authorized in Florida to perform a marriage ceremony?
Section 741.07, Florida Statutes, provides that the following persons are authorized to solemnize matrimony:
State judicial officers (judges)
Retired state judicial officers
Notaries Public
Regularly ordained ministers of the Gospel, elders, or other ordained clergy, if in good standing with his or her affiliate church or denomination
Federal judges serving in a court with jurisdiction over a part of this state
Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the Circuit Court
Designated members of the Society of Friends (Quakers)

The following officials are not authorized to perform marriage in Florida:
State Attorneys
Judges of Compensation Claims
Administrative Law Judges
Persons in these positions are not judicial officers of this state.

I recently read educational materials from an organization
which stated that, as a Notary Public, I am not allowed to refuse
to perform notarial services when asked. Must I solemnize a
marriage if I have a religious conviction against doing so?

No. You have the right to refuse to perform notary services for any
number of reasons, including your own religious convictions. Of
course, you should never exercise your authority in a discriminatory manner.


Of course this 1999 brochure needs to be updated - it still states that same sex marriage is illegal in Florida.

Another part of the law is that there is a three day waiting period before obtaining a marriage license - unless the couple goes through premarital counseling. If they do the counseling and present a certificate stating that they have, not only is there no waiting period, there is a $33 dollar discount for the license. BUT a license issued in any county in Florida is valid in every county in Florida.

So couples could get their licenses where ever is convenient, then find someone who is authorized to "solemnize" the marriage to fill out the license. If I were into ceremonies, I would become a notary and offer a traveling service to the counties in the Panhandle!

{I hate ceremonies so much that when Mr. csziggy and I decided to make our relationship legal we woke up our friend who was a notary public, passed him the jeans he'd left in the living room and had him fill out the license. The "ceremony" was basically him saying "You guys sure you want to do this?" No matter - it has stuck for coming up on 38 years.}

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