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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.
Marriage
14-2-104. Formalities.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, a marriage is valid in this state if:
(a) It is licensed, solemnized, and registered as provided in this part 1; and
(b) It is only between one man and one woman.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 14-2-112, any marriage contracted within or outside this state that does not satisfy paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section shall not be recognized as valid in this state.

14-2-109. Solemnization and registration.
(1) A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court, by a court magistrate, by a retired judge of a court, by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, by the parties to the marriage, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe. Either the person solemnizing the marriage or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, a party to the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the county clerk and recorder within sixty days after the solemnization. Any person who fails to forward the marriage certificate to the county clerk and recorder as required by this section shall be required to pay a late fee in an amount of not less than twenty dollars. An additional five-dollar late fee may be assessed for each additional day of failure to comply with the forwarding requirements of this subsection (1) up to a maximum of fifty dollars. For purposes of determining whether a late fee shall be assessed pursuant to this subsection (1), the date of forwarding shall be deemed to be the date of postmark.
(2) If a party to a marriage is unable to be present at the solemnization, such party may authorize in writing a third person to act as such party's proxy. If the person solemnizing the marriage is satisfied that the absent party is unable to be present and has consented to the marriage, such person may solemnize the marriage by proxy. If such person is not satisfied, the parties may petition the district court for an order permitting the marriage to be solemnized by proxy.
(3) Upon receipt of the marriage certificate, the county clerk and recorder shall register the marriage.

Counseling/healing
12-36-106. Practice of medicine defined - exemptions from licensing requirements
(g) The practice of religious worship;

ARTICLE 42 PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIANS
12-42-117. Religious exclusions.
No provision of this article shall be construed as applying to any sanitarium, nursing home, or rest home conducted in accordance with the practice of the tenets of any religious denomination in which persons of good faith rely solely upon spiritual means or prayer in the free exercise of religion to prevent or cure disease.

ARTICLE 43 MENTAL HEALTH
12-43-215. exemptions.
(1) Any person engaged in the practice of religious ministry shall not be required to comply with the provisions of this article; except that such person shall not hold himself or herself out to the public by any title incorporating the terms "psychologist", "social worker", "licensed social worker", "LSW", "licensed clinical social worker", "clinical social worker", "LCSW", "licensed marriage and family therapist", "LMFT", "licensed professional counselor", or "LPC" unless that person has been licensed pursuant to this article.

12-43-503. Marriage and family therapy practice defined.
(1) For the purposes of this part 5, "marriage and family therapy practice" means the rendering of professional marriage and family therapy services to individuals, couples, and families, singly or in groups, whether such services are offered directly to the general public or through organizations, either public or private, for a monetary fee. Marriage and family therapy utilizes established principles that recognize the interrelated nature of individual problems and dysfunctions to assess, understand, diagnose, and treat emotional and mental problems, alcohol and substance abuse, and domestic violence, and modify intrapersonal and interpersonal dysfunctions.
(2) Professional marriage and family therapy practice may include, but is not limited to:
(a) Assessment and testing;
(b) Diagnosis;
(c) Treatment planning and evaluation;
(d) Therapeutic individual, marital, family, group, or organizational interventions;
(e) Psychotherapy;
(f) Client education;
(g) Consultation; and
(h) Supervision.
(3) Professional marriage and family therapy practice includes practicing within the values and ethics of the marriage and family therapy profession.
(4) This definition is to be interpreted in a manner that does not impinge upon or otherwise limit the scope of practice of other psychotherapists licensed under this article.


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Pre-marital
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Funeral Ceremonies
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