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Obergefell v. Hodges, 576US 2015 redefines this portion, but we left it in as the next Supreme Court may revisit this Ruling. Same Sex Marriage is required under this Rule of the Court currently.

9-11-109. Validity of same-sex marriages.
Marriage shall be only between a man and a woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void.

9-11-213 Persons who may solemnize marriages.
(a) For the purpose of being registered and perpetuating the evidence thereof, marriage shall be solemnized only by the following persons:
(5) Any regularly ordained minister or priest of any religious sect or denomination;

9-11-214. Recordation of credentials of clerical character.
(a) No minister of the gospel or priest of any religious sect or denomination shall be authorized to solemnize the rites of matrimony in this state until the minister or priest has caused to be recorded his or her license or credentials of his or her clerical character in the office of the county clerk of some county in this state. The minister or priest must also have obtained from the clerk a certificate, under his or her hand and seal, that the credentials are duly recorded in his or her office.
(b) It shall be the duty of a minister of the gospel or priest to add to the certificate of marriage required by law a statement setting forth the county where and the time when his or her license or credentials were so recorded.
(c) Any minister of the gospel, priest of any religious sect or denomination, or any person purporting to be such, who shall solemnize the rites of matrimony contrary to the provisions of this section, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. On conviction he or she shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred dollars ($100).
(d)(1) It shall be the duty of the clerk and recorder in each county, seasonably to record, in a well-bound book to be kept for that purpose, all licenses or credentials of clerical character of the persons who deposit the licenses or credentials of clerical character with him or her for record.
(2) Any clerk failing to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall, on motion of the party aggrieved, giving the clerk ten (10) days' notice in writing of the motion, be fined any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100).

9-11-215. Marriage ceremony.
(a) When marriages are solemnized by a minister of the gospel or priest, the ceremony shall be according to the forms and customs of the church or society to which he or she belongs. When solemnized by a civil officer, the form observed shall be the one the officer deems most appropriate.
(b) It shall be lawful for religious societies who reject formal ceremonies to join together in marriage persons who are members of the society according to the forms, customs, or rites of the society to which they belong, with the exception that the requirements set forth in the Covenant Marriage Act of 2001, ยง 9-11-801 et seq., shall be complied with if the parties enter into a covenant marriage.

9-11-216. Solemnization contrary to law - Penalty.
(a) Any person who presumes to solemnize marriage in this state contrary to the provisions of this act shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500).
(b) The fine imposed by subsection (a) of this section shall be paid when collected into the general fund of the county in which the offense was committed.

9-11-217. Failure to sign and return license at time of marriage - Penalty.
(a) Any person who fails to officially sign and return any license to the parties at the time of the marriage shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500).
(b) The fine imposed by subsection (a) of this section shall be paid when collected into the general fund of the county in which the offense was committed

Counseling/healing
17-27-103. Exemptions.
(3) Clergymen insofar as their activities and services are a part of the official duties in salaried positions;

17-97-103. Exceptions generally. (a) Nothing in this chapter prevents:
(4) Recognized members of the clergy from functioning in their ministerial capacities, if they do not represent themselves to be psychologists or psychological examiners or their services to be psychological services; or

17-102-310. Exempted activities.
Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit or to require a license hereunder with respect to the practice of medicine and surgery, chiropractic, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, Christian Science, physical therapy, cosmetology, massage therapy, or any branch of the healing arts as defined by the laws of this state as now or hereafter enacted, it not being intended by this chapter to limit, restrict, enlarge, or alter the privileges and practices of any of these professions or branches of the healing arts.

17-103-104. Exemptions.
(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent members of the clergy, Christian Science practitioners, and licensed professionals such as physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and attorneys from doing work within the standards and ethics of their respective professions, provided that they do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description of services as being social workers as defined under this chapter.


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