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Fraternal Greetings:

It is my great honor to be officiating at a same sex couple ceremony soon and I have a question. I appologize if I missed the answer in my search. In the state of Colorado the law provides for a same sex couple to enter into a "civil union" which much like a hetero wedding involves filing a license and obtaining a certificate. The couple I will be officiating for have already been leagaly solomnized by the state and are hiring me to do a ceremony.

My question is this: Can I supply them with a ULC "Marriage certificate" or am I limited to another type since the state doesn't oficially recognize same sex marriage. Am I being overly legalistic here? I question because the state of colorado considers it a misdemeanor to improperly "Mary" a couple.

Thanks for your help.

Respectfully,

Rev. E.D. Jones

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I think you are being overly legalistic. Generally, the act of marrying someone includes placing your signature as officiant on a state document and returning it to the courts/clerk for filing. Until that is done you have not satisfied the legal definition of marriage.However, that is only my opinion. It is not near what competent legal opinions are worth...

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i know in michigan,i cannot call it a marriage(yet),but what the couple calls it is up to them.the ulc marriage certificate is not a legal document,so yes you could give them one.

but as mr taylor stated,my opinion is not that of legal consul.but i agree with him,your being overly legalistic.

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tough call. and you need a lawyer to give you a legal answer. And it may be wrong. Contact the local PFLAG and see if they know if the state has made any specific restrictions on the term.

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