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State Laws for Ministers
Kansas

Marriage
23-101. Nature of marriage relation.
(a) The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a civil contract between two parties who are of opposite sex. All other marriages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and are void. The consent of the parties is essential. The marriage ceremony may be regarded either as a civil ceremony or as a religious sacrament, but the marriage relation shall only be entered into, maintained or abrogated as provided by law.

23-104a. Solemnizing marriage; persons authorized to officiate. (a) Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state, after a license has been issued for the marriage, in the following manner: By the mutual declarations of the two parties to be joined in marriage, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least two competent witnesses over 18 years of age, other than the officiating person, that they take each other as husband and wife.
(b) The following are authorized to be officiating persons:
     (1) Any currently ordained clergyman or religious authority of any religious denomination or society;
     (2) any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular clergyman of any church of the denomination to which the licentiate or appointee belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of that church or denomination;
     (3) any judge or justice of a court of record;
     (4) any municipal judge of a city of this state; and
     (5) any retired judge or justice of a court of record.
(c) The two parties themselves, by mutual declarations that they take each other as husband and wife, in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties belong, may be married without an authorized officiating person.

23-109. Marriage certificate; recording marriages. (a) Every person who performs a marriage ceremony under the provisions of this act shall endorse the person's certificate of the marriage on the license, give the duplicate copy of the license to the parties to the marriage and return the license, within 10 days after the marriage, to the judge or clerk of the district court who issued it. The judge or clerk shall record the marriage on the marriage record in the office of the judge or clerk and shall forward, not later than the third day of the following month, to the secretary of health and environment the license and certificate of marriage, together with a statement of the names of the parties and the name and address of the person who performed the marriage ceremony.

23-111. Penalty for not complying with statutory requirements. Any judge or clerk of the district court or person authorized by law to perform the marriage ceremony in this state who shall fail to comply with any of the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars

23-116a. Solemnizing marriage; persons not authorized; penalty. It shall be unlawful for any person not a duly authorized officiating person as provided by K.S.A. 23-104a to perform the marriage ceremony in this state. Any person violating the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six (6) months or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Counseling/healing
Chapter 65.--PUBLIC HEALTH Article 28.--HEALING ARTS 65-2872. Persons not engaged in the practice of the healing arts. The practice of the healing arts shall not be construed to include the following persons:
(c) The members of any church practicing their religious tenets provided they shall not be exempt from complying with all public health regulations of the state.
(f) Persons who massage for the purpose of relaxation, muscle conditioning, or figure improvement, provided no drugs are used and such persons do not hold themselves out to be physicians or healers.
(h) Persons in the general fields of psychology, education and social work, dealing with the social, psychological and moral well-being of individuals and/or groups provided they do not use drugs and do not hold themselves out to be the physicians, surgeons, osteopathic physicians or chiropractors.

Article 58.--PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS
65-5812. Construction of act. Nothing in the professional counselors licensure act shall be construed
(d) to apply to the activities and services of a rabbi, priest, minister or clergy person of any religious denomination or sect, including a Christian Science practitioner, or any public or private not-for-profit organization, corporation or association, including but not limited to camp counselors, crisis center counselors, community hot-line counselors or suicide hot-line counselors, so long as such activities and services are within the scope of the performance of such individual's regular or specialized ministerial duties;

Article 63.--SOCIAL WORKERS 65-6303.
(b) Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent qualified persons from doing work within the standards and ethics of their respective professions and callings provided they do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description of services as being engaged in the practice of social work

Article 64.--MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
Nothing in the marriage and family therapists licensure act shall be construed
(c) to apply to the activities and services of a rabbi, priest, minister, clergy person or organized ministry of any religious denomination or sect, including a Christian-Science practitioner, unless such person or individual who is a part of the organized ministry is a licensed marriage and family therapist
(e) to prevent qualified persons from doing work within the standards and ethics of their respective professions and callings provided they do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description of services as being a marriage and family therapist.


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