Marriage Ceremony Compilation

Marriage Ceremony Compilation

Ceremony 1: Bride/Groom, Adapted from County Judges' Manual

Ceremony 2: Bride/Groom, Participatory Service

Ceremony 3: Traditional Service

Ceremony 4: Bride/Groom, for guests and family; expanded ceremony

Ceremony 5:  Contemporary Service

Ceremony 6:  Gender Neutral, for guests and family, expanded ceremony

Judicial Ethics Opinions relating to marriage ceremonies:

A judge has been asked to perform a simulated marriage ceremony in Nebraska for the benefit of family living here. The couple has already been legally married in another state. The judge has requested an opinion as to whether this would constitute conduct in violation of the Canons of Judicial Conduct.

Under what circumstances, if any, is it appropriate for a judge to retain a gift or honorarium for performing a wedding ceremony?

May a judge or clerk magistrate: refuse to perform marriages for same-sex couples; refuse to perform marriages for same-sex couples if the couple can be referred to another judge willing to perform the ceremony; refuse to perform same-sex marriages if based on a personal or sincerely held religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman; refuse to conduct all marriages; or limit performing marriage ceremonies to only close friends and relatives?