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You have a broad question, my friend, so I'll respond with a broad answer:


"Recognized" for what, specifically?  Conducting marriage?  Simple services of the ministry?  The right to call yourself a Minister of the Church?  If it's the last couple, that's definitely not a problem; that's an Establishment Clause issue.   As to solemnizing marriage, that's a civil issue, and is a matter of law.  Brother Kaman's recommendation is a good one.  I would speak to your county's clerk -- or whoever is the guarantor of the vital records in your venue; and there's not thing wrong with getting the opinion of a Judge/Magistrate or two, either.

Let us know what you find!

--Rev. Samuel
Universal Life Church of Michigan

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